Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
2nd August 2017, City Screen
My Future York have collaborated with York Central Action and City Screen to put on Citizen Jane: Battle for the City. Jacobs was a writer and a campaigner against ‘slum clearance’ initiatives who had a strong interest in how places are made by interactions between people and built environment. In her now classic book, The Death and Life of American Cities, Jacobs explore the complex social ecology of urban neighbourhoods drawing on her own street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion reflecting on the issue raised by the film for York. As York faces a variety of regeneration and development projects – not least Castle Gateway and York Central – we will ask what inspiration, warnings or practices might Jacob’s work offer?
The panel have been chosen to explore the issues raised by regeneration in York from a variety of different perspectives:
Martin Grainger, Head of Strategic Planning, City of York Council
Anna Bialkowska, Tang Hall Big Local
Alison Sinclair, Conservation Area Advisory Panel
Sam Leach, Spark:York