Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The New Metropolis, Movie Screening and Panel Discussion With Regional Leaders
Thursday, 08 April, 6:30 PM , Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall)
Join the Heinz College for a screening of "The New Metropolis," the acclaimed 2-part documentary series detailing the struggles of America's first suburbs. After the movie, stick around for a panel discussion with An Lewis, David Miller, Kathy Risko, and Rick Stafford who are tackling the increasingly regional issues of blight, deteriorating infrastructure, and neighborhood decline. Complimentary refreshments will be served to those who RSVP using the following link:New Metropolis rsvp [Link]
About the movie:
America’s “first” suburbs, those suburban communities built next to America’s urban centers, were once the birthplace of the American Dream. Driven by a desire to escape the smokestacks of the central cities, and a housing shortage following World War II, thousands of suburban homes were built and middle class families flocked to fill them.
Sixty years later, many of these original suburbs are facing a crisis: a dwindling tax base, population and business loss, decaying infrastructure, increased racial tensions and white flight. Lacking policies to help reverse these trends, many towns are struggling for their survival. Using compelling, personal stories to highlight these issues, The New Metropolis is a two-part documentary series that explores the challenges our older suburbs now face, and points towards solutions for their revitalization.
An Lewis, Executive Director, Steel Valley Council of Governments; Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
David Miller, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs; author, "The Regional Governing of Metropolitan America"
Kathy Risko, Associate Director, Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT)
Rick Stafford, Distinguished Public Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon University H. John Heinz III College
Andrea Torrice (invited), Director and Producer of "The New Metropolis"
Sponsored by the Heinz College Smart Growth Club and 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania in partnership with the Center for Economic Development and CONNECT.