Who says battles over urban spaces aren't the stuff of high drama? The 1960s struggle between New York City urban planner Robert Moses and activist/urban village advocate Jane Jacobs over the future of NYC neighborhoods is being dramatized as an opera, with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith and music by composer Judd Greenstein (a collaborator of Rochester string quintet Gibbs & Main). According to Fast Co. Design, "The opera grapples with opposing visions of what a city should be. Moses's ideals of a clean, orderly city where cars took priority was not unlike the model many American suburbs were built upon. Jacobs, on the other hand, embraced the messiness of urban life, preaching density and diversity of neighborhoods and arguing against top-down, high-handed methods of city planning." It is hopeful to see the ongoing endeavor to defend urban neighborhoods as the inspiration for great art.