Jane Jacobs was a journalist, activist, anthropologist. Her 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities presents the topic of urbanism in a plainspoken and powerful way. Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary presents Jacobs fearless crusade against Robert Moses, the incredibly powerful New York urban planner, who was seemingly set out to destroy vital neighborhoods all around New York City to build freeways and massive blocks of public housing. Jacobs insisted that the city is a place for the people. This film underscores the trials of urban renewal and reveals how people can have a place in the urban conversation. It is a story applicable today though the lens of one of preservation’s greatest champions.