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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 7:00PM
Paramount Theatre

<b>Citizen Jane: Battle for the City</b>
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Paramount Theatre and Preservation Austin Presents
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

VIP Reception and Doors: 6:00pm | Show: 7:00pm
Panel Discussion: 8:30pm

Film Tickets: $14 - $54
VIP ticket includes pre-show meet and greet with panelists, hours d'oeuvres, and beverages.

The Paramount Theatre and Preservation Austin present a screening of the award-winning documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City followed by a panel discussion featuring experts from the fields of historic preservation, urban design, and architecture. Some say that Jane Jacobs, subject of the documentary, single-handedly saved the soul of New York City in the 1960s. Join us to find out how! (AIA Continuing Education Credits: 1LU)

About the film:
“In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.” -Altimeter Films

About the panel:
Following the film, the panel features professionals and experts from the fields of preservation and urban planning. The discussion will place Austin’s present-day growth and redevelopment within the context of Jacobs’ work, as our community strives to reach a consensus over what the city should look like – and how it should function – going forward. Topics will include urban identity and sense of place; grassroots activism; urban economics; displacement of historic minority communities; and the roles that both density and preservation should play in shaping Austin’s future.

Kim McKnight is an Environmental Conservation Program Manager at the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Her work includes Historic Preservation Planning and Cultural Resource Management. She is currently the PARD lead for the Seaholm Intake Building Redevelopment and the Mexican American Cultural Center Master Plan. Recent projects include the award-winning Historic Austin Cemeteries Master Plan, Mt. Bonnell Monument Restoration, and the Pease Park Master Plan. Additionally, she maintains the inventory of historic resources in the park system, works with community groups on park improvements, and advises on issues related historic properties and cultural landscapes. Ms. McKnight previously served as the executive director of the Texas Downtown Association, a statewide nonprofit organization with over 400 members. She also led the Texas Main Street Center of the Texas Historical Commission, which provides direct, on-site assistance to more than 80 Texas Main Street Cities in the areas of design, economic development, board development and strategic planning, visual merchandising, and interior space planning.

Dr. Robert Paterson specializes in land use and environmental planning. He has completed over 60 projects over the past 26 years at UT-Austin (through over $8 million in sponsored research grants, contracts and awards), and was a recipient of a Faculty Fellow in Social Science Research Applied to Hazards and Disasters award through the National Science Foundation. Recent and on-going research projects include grants and contracts with the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Professor Paterson teaches graduate level courses in Sustainable Land Use Planning, Environmental Impact Assessment, Disaster Resilient City Planning, and Contaminated Property Redevelopment.  Paterson has served on numerous state and regional planning advisory boards and task forces, the Texas APA Board as Awards Chair and Education Foundation member. He has been the recipient of the School of Architecture’s Outstanding Lecturer and Community Service awards.  Dr. Paterson’s three most recent research projects are focused on better metrics for Scenario Planning for Sustainable Communities, Scenario Planning for Disaster Resilience, and Plan Implementation theory and practice.

Catherine Sak joined the Texas Downtown Association (TDA) as executive director in 2007.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Emory University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans. Prior to TDA she worked in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Over the past ten years she's visited over 130 Texas communities and is always up for a road trip to a new downtown.

Dr. Robert F. Young works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the fields of urban planning, sustainable economic development, and urban ecology. His research centers on the planning, governance, and financing of metropolitan green infrastructure and on economic development initiatives for sustainable cities and regions. Dr. Young recently co-founded the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities Initiative described by the New York Times and Fortune Magazine respectively as “perhaps the most comprehensive effort by a U.S. university to infuse sustainability into its curricula and community outreach” and “addressing and catalyzing change across all issues that impinge upon sustainability.” As a practitioner Dr. Young served as the Director of Planning of the Philadelphia’s Recycling Office and was appointed by New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman as Director of the New Jersey Commerce Department’s Office of Sustainability. He has also served as an advisor to Governors Ted Kulongoski and John Kitzhaber of Oregon on issues of sustainable economic development. Dr. Young also founded American Soil, Inc., a successful, large-scale New Jersey composting company described in the Wall Street Journal as “the future” of organic resources management.

And after you see the film, join Preservation Austin and the Congress for the New Urbanism Central Texas Chapter for a special Congress Avenue Jane’s Walk on Sunday January 28th! Led by CNU-CTX Board Member Greg Kiloh, Redevelopment Project Manager for the City of Austin, we’ll explore the Main Street of Texas through the lens of the life and work of Jane Jacobs, icon to preservationists and urbanists alike. Space is limited. Learn more about the event and RSVP to Lindsey Derrington at


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