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Posts Tagged ‘Holding Ground’

8/26 The Shape of Things to Come

Posted by novoscene on August 26, 2008

Urban development and gentrification are hot issues on the national and local fronts at the moment. Tonight NoneSuch Space hosts a special screening of Holding Ground, the 1996 documentary on community revitalization that The Boston Globe called “an inspirational image of what the neighborhood was and what, with toil and pride, it is becoming.” Filmmakers Mark Lipman and Leah Mahan will host a question and answer session following the screening.

Holding Ground is at once a cautionary tale of urban policies gone wrong and a message of hope for all American cities. In 1985, African-American, Latino, Cape Verdean, and European-American residents in Roxbury, MA united to revitalize their community. The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative went on to gain national recognition as residents fought to close down illegal dumps, gain unprecedented control of land from City Hall and create a comprehensive plan to rebuild the fabric of their community. Through the voices of committed residents, activists and city officials, this moving documentary shows how a Boston neighborhood was able to create and carry out its own agenda for change.” Read the rest of this entry »

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