EARN CINEBUZZ REWARDS THE MORE YOU WATCH! Fifty years ago, our cities were being ravaged and destroyed. Jane Jacobs blew the whistle. Now, history is repeating itself—on an epic scale. Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) had no formal training as an urban planner and not even a college degree, and yet, with her 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the woman often called a “genius of common sense” changed cities and the way we think about them forever, persuading generations of people to take a second look at their urban surroundings and to take action against previously unquestioned authority.