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Bridgeport wants a downtown that would make Jane Jacobs proud. Ms. Jacobs was a champion of pedestrian-friendly, lively streets whose passionate advocacy inspired generations of urban planners.

Jacobs, whose life’s work inspired generations of urban planners, made her name as a champion of lively streets, pedestrian friendliness and development on a human scale. From her New York City home, she led a movement away from highways, stadiums and mega-projects that put value on cars above people.

Ms. Jacobs is the subject of the Citizen Jane Film Festival, which will be held at the Bijou Theatre at 275 Fairfield Ave. in downtown Bridgeport. The event, planned for Oct. 12 and 15, focuses on urban regeneration and community preservation and will include screenings of the film “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City,” in addition to discussions on Jacobs’ lasting influence, a walking tour of Bridgeport redevelopment projects and more.

 The festival is a production of the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District, The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and Connecticut Main Street Center. Tickets can be purchased at