IMAGINING HOME DVD

IMAGINING HOME DVD

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Exploring the controversial effects of American urban renewal, Imagining Home traces the complete transformation of Columbia Villa—a historic, cherished, and maligned public housing neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Orignally built in 1942 by Henry Kaiser for WWII shipyard workers, the “Villa” over the ensuing decades becomes an isolated, 82-acre swath of dire urban poverty. In a New Urbanist charge for sustainable, mixed-income community building, the Housing Authority of Portland, working with federal agencies, relocates 400 families and razes the neighborhood. The film follows several families from diverse backgrounds over five years as they struggle with displacement and relocation. The rebuilt community, New Columbia, is internationally hailed as a model of innovative community building, but will these families find healing, dignity, and empowerment as new tensions around race and class emerge? Imagining Home offers an intimate portrait of dignity and tenacity in our efforts to reinvigorate our cities.

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