Saturday, July 13, 2013

Housing for All Summer Movie Series

Housing For All is kicking off its summer movie series "Summer in the City: A documentary series exploring gentrification and urban renewal." On Monday at 7pm in the MLK Library, they will be showing "Southwest Remembered," a documentary abut urban renewal in Southwest DC. In "Urban Renewal and Grief in Ward 6," I wrote about a study of the 23,500 SW residents, who were displaced in the 1950s "in order to build a 'new town in the city' with air-conditioned apartments for middle and upper income groups as well as some 929 public housing units." Does it sound like a mixed-income development?

The movie screen will have a post-view discussion with Brett Williams, professor of anthropology at American University, who helped in the creation of the film. I highly recommend the documentary and the discussion with the great Brett Williams.

Here are the movies in the series:
Southwest Remembered
Tuesday, July 16 at 6:00 PM
Martin Luther King Library: 901 G St NW
The history of urban renewal in Southwest Washington, DC.

Flag Wars
Tuesday, July 23 at 6:00 PM
Martin Luther King Library: 901 G St NW
Tensions rise in a community in Columbus, Ohio, when gay and lesbian white homebuyers move into a working-class black neighborhood.

Holding Ground
Tuesday, August 6 at 6:00 PM
Martin Luther King Library: 901 G St NW
The story of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. In 1985, African-American, Latino, Cape Verdean, and European-American residents in Roxbury, MA united to revitalize their community.

Boom: The Sound of Eviction
Tuesday, August 20 at 6:00 PM
CNHED: 1432 U Street NW
Like DC today, when the dot-com industry was booming in California, it made it hard for existing low-income residents to stay in San Francisco and Oakland.

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