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City & Regional Planning

A Big Stink: City Sewer Systems

Using London as an example, this documentary looks at the history of the city and its sewage, the development and effect on cities of indoor bathrooms and toilets and the sewers built to cope with them. c1995. 29 min.

A Lot in Common.

Neighbors discover they have a lot in common when together they turn a vacant lot into a community garden in Berkeley, California. Landscape architect/psychologist Karl Linn who envisioned and orchestrated the creation of the gardens, explains how a commons is being created in the process. c2003. 77 min.

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A Question of Balance: Art & Redevelopment in Old Pasadena

A documentary of the evolution of Old Town in Pasadena, California -- from the post World War II era when artists started moving into Old Town, to the present redevelopment efforts. Artists, politicians, developers, and community leaders give their perspectives on development and growth. 1987. 27 min.

Across the River.

Documentary featuring a series of portraits of urban heroes who are working to revive a dying neighborhood in Washington, D.C.

All For the Taking: 21st Century Urban Renewal.

In a highly controversial and precedent-setting decision in mid-2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution permitted local governments to use their power of eminent domain to forcibly acquire private property and transfer it to another private owner. This documentary examines the personal struggles of residents impacted by Philadelphia's urban renewal program and illustrates how housing activists are fighting eminent domain abuse. Background commentary is provided by Dr.

America Betrayed

America's infrastructure was once our proudest achievement. Now its a most dangerous embarrassment. Bridges, dams, levees and highways are crumbling, toppling, being washed away, and putting us all at risk. Features interviews with journalists, noted scientists, whistleblowers who risked their lives to speak out, and politicians from both sides. Exposes the rampant collusion, corruption and cronyism within the government agencies whose very purpose is to protect us. Directed and produced by Leslie Carde. 2008. 94 min.

America the Ugly.

Program looks at suburban sprawl and how town planners are trying to create a more intimate community environment. Looks at the housing paradigm called "traditional neighborhood developments" through an interview with architect and town planner Andres Duany who is part of the new urbanism movement. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 22 min.

American Suburbia: Building a New Life.

After World War II, the economic revival of America and the consequent prosperity propelled the rebuilding of the nation. These five short films promote concepts such as modernization and lifestyle changes, focusing on the pathos of city dwellers in Philadelphia in the mid 1940s, calling for urban renewal and capturing the building mania that gripped cities like New York. America marching on / Audio Production Inc., (1937, 9 min.) -- A place to live / Documentary Film Productions, Inc.

American Suburbia: Our Community.

After World War II, Americans invested much of their wealth in suburbs, providing the neo-rich middle class a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. These four films take a look at life in the suburbs of America in the 1940s and '50s. Arteries of New York City / Encyclopaedia Britannica Films (1941, 10 min.) -- Our community / Encyclopaedia Britannica Films (1952, 12 min.) -- The best made plans / Dow Chemical Company ; producer, Dallas Jones Productions (1956, 21 min.) -- In the suburbs / Redbook Magazine ; producer, On Film, Inc. (1957, 20 min.)

American Suburbia: The New Frontier.

One of the biggest issues facing post-WWII America was housing or the lack of it. In the 1940s only 40% of Americans owned a house. Two factors changed this scenerio -- the post-war baby boom and the GI Bill, which facilitated housing loans to servicemen. The impact of this housing boom was seen immediately in the rapidly expanding suburbs around America's cities....and the realization that there was a price to be paid for this rapid growth. Contents: Our home town, Doylestown, Pennsylvania / produced by Shad E.