New York 1960, a city in transition, and the establishment and cityplanner Robert Moses wants to make the city more modernistic. A change that journalist Jane Jacobs don’t like at all. She thought that nobody would like to live in New York if it turned into a rock desert. Jacobs began to investigate what a city really was and made conclusions that were widely different from those established. The thoughts were brought down on paper and eventually ended up in the groundbreaking book The Death and Life of American Cities, which led to great public activity in New York. The director Matt Tyrnauers invites the viewer into the battle of New York, where we will follow the struggle of the popular hero for a living society.