6:30 to 8 p.m.
Film screening followed by a discussion with the documentary's director Ronit Bezalel
Twenty years in the making, 70 Acres in Chicago is a film that tells the story of the Cabrini Green public housing development located on the most hotly contested 70 acres of land in Chicago.
With its prime central location, Cabrini Green was initially hailed as a public housing triumph, then more recently demonized as an urban disaster. It was demolished, bit by bit, beginning in 1995, and repackaged as a “mixed income” development.
The mainly black residents of Cabrini were forced out, though there is still a remnant of Cabrini in the row houses. The few residents who were able to move into the highly relegated mixed income settlement, are negotiating through an unwelcoming cultural territory. These encounters, between the former Cabrini residents, and the new white middle-class homeowners comprise the very real tensions of a newly constructed community in transition.
This event is co-sponsored by the Humphrey School's Office of the Dean, the Urban and Regional Planning Program, and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
301 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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