This video segment from New York Voices describes Jane Jacobs who worked in the 1950s and 60s to save the neighborhoods of New York City. The author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs disagreed with the notion that the city's oldest neighborhoods should be demolished to make way for high-rise buildings, housing projects and six- lane highways. Her advocacy challenged and successfully derailed Robert Moses, America's most prolific developer, in his plan to cut lower Manhattan in half with a multi-lane highway. Jacobs challenged builders to think about what neighborhoods meant to the everyday lives of the people who lived there. Jacob's ideas changed the thoughts and future for millions of people.
Learn more about the New York Voices segment "Saving the Sidewalks."