How one woman harnessed people power to ‘save’ old New York

In his review of the new film, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, Edward Helmore writes: “She was a beaky, bespectacled architecture writer, hardly a figure likely to ignite protests that changed the shape of one of the world’s great cities. Yet such is the legend of Jane Jacobs and her bitter struggles to preserve the heart of New York from modernisation that a film charting her astonishing victories over some of the most powerful developers in the US is set to inspire a new generation of urban activists around the world.”