POTLUCK PICNIC & FILM SCREENING
Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, helped change the way we look at urban living.
The recent documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City focuses on Jacobs’ most consequential battle in the 1960s: when she went up against New York City’s ruthless power broker, Robert Moses--and won. At stake was whether the city’s historic neighborhoods of Greenwich Village, Soho, and Little Italy would stay intact or be split apart by expressways and urban-renewal housing projects.
This free film screening marks the end of 2018 Jane's Walk MKE, a month of free citizen-led neighborhood tours and explorations throughout Milwaukee. Bring a picnic and join us as we learn how Jane Jacobs, a dedicated citizen, changed the way we see and plan cities.
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Picnic in Swing Park. Bring a dish to share or a picnic on your own and we'll bring the DJ!
7:00 - 7:30 pm
For those interested, Julilly Kohler and Swing Hanger/Swing Park Ranger Willie Jack will do a mini Jane’s Walk around the park, describing how this area has changed and what it took to get it where it is today.
8:00 - 9:30 pm
Swing Park and the Marsupial Bridge beneath the Holton Street Viaduct is a fitting location to view this film. Previously a dark and little-used spot under the bridge, Swing Park has brought life to this public space with placemaking features that surprise and delight passersby.