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Film of the Month: City Limits

This short documentary is a forthright and critical analysis of the problems and virtues of North American cities by acclaimed author Jane Jacobs. Jacobs states, “the city is a complex ever-changing organism, with many elements to consider. I would like us to think of cities as ecologies, similar to the ecologies of the natural world.”

Jacobs examines the problems of cities, and the effects of the automobile, high rise buildings, and apathy on their development. She asserts that the citizens of cities can themselves solve their problems. This colourful film on urbanism, accompanied by an upbeat, jazzy soundtrack, is enjoyable and enlightening viewing. 

City Limits
Directed by Laurence Hyde, 1971, 28 mins

Watch the embedded video above courtesy of National Film Board of Canada

Posted in: Film Of The Month
Date: December 23, 2015