Jane Jacobs was not a believer. She was confident that the futuristic suburban developments of the 1960s and 70s would not produce the kind of connected neighbourhoods she advocated.
Decades later, the concrete slabs have not done well. “Tower renewal” has become the watchword for a branch of urbanism that is trying to grapple with the problems of Toronto’s inner-suburban highrise apartments. “Powers of Towers” is a beautifully-shot 12-minute documentary that profiles some of the best minds currently trying to turn these legacy projects into livable communities.