Professors Montgomery and Leonard

Film Reflections

In the film Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, Robert Moses one of the planners who wanted to improved New York City with more modern idea, but his idea was ruined by Jane Jacobs. One location that caught my interest was I believe the Pruitt-IGOE public housing development in St. Louis in 1954 they wanted to change the housing for improvement the poor to live in better homes. Sadly, nine year later it became big fail where it became where gang and drug were everywhere around that neighborhood. The image of the planner has come up with and have fail so that just destroy it and eliminated the area. In the film My Brooklyn, one location that caught my interest was the Fulton street mall which wanted people to move out or going out of business due to lose their customer over other large business. In the film Human Scale, the New York in 2007 wanted to build a big highway because of Robert Moses. Not sure its location where it would be but if that happen it would of change the way we live with just car all around and business dying. I don’t really have a specific public space, but it doesn’t really matter where I like to rest a few minutes and enjoy the environment. In New York City there are many public spaces which give me a place to relax and enjoy my surrounding. But I think some public space can remove road spot for car to go and make it hard to move around.

1 Comment

  1. Ana

    Hi Chris,

    I like your response and I see that you were able to catch specific places and dates. I was also interested in the way the film described the changes the Fulton Mall was going through. I really didn’t like the way people were being kicked out of their businesses for new buildings in which they wouldn’t be able to be in. One of the owners of the small business at the Fulton Mall spoke on what her business meant. Her small business was her way to pay for her son’s college. These two films were able to show us the changes buildings around us have gone through and how people are obligated to move from certain areas.

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