CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY – Friday, October 18 at 6:30 pm, this acclaimed film, will be shown at the Portland Mennonite Church, SE 35th and Main. Refreshments will be served.
The urban champion Jane Jacobs had a special relationship with the City of Portland over its evolution as diverse place of mixed uses and walkable neighborhoods. Jacobs championed lively, diverse neighborhoods, and citizen activism to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than this visionary activist. The film is free of charge. The discussion will be opened by Chet Orloff, Oregon historian and author, followed by a Q&A with noted community activists discussing Portland’s changing civic relationship with city government, and the fight for neighborhood structure preservation. Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight power for the sake of better cities.