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|OccupyForum // Film: "My Brooklyn": Gentrification in Brooklyn NY|
|Date||Monday March 23|
|Time||6:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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2017 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA - 94110
Monday, March 23rd from 6 -- 9 pm at Global Exchange
2017 Mission Street near the 16th and Mission Street BART
Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
OccupyForum presents. . .
Film and discussion with SF anti-gentrification activists
My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson's personal journey, as a Brooklyn "gentrifier," to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. During Michael Bloomberg's election as mayor in 2001, a massive speculative real estate boom is rapidly altering the neighborhoods Anderson has come to call home, spurring bitter conflict over who has a right to live in the city and determine its future. While some view these development patterns as revitalizing the city, others believe they are erasing Brooklyn's eclectic urban fabric, economic and racial diversity, creative alternative culture, and unique local economies.
When development officials announce a controversial plan to tear down and remake the Fulton Mall, a popular, bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district just blocks from Anderson's apartment, she discovers that the Mall, despite its run-down image, is the third most profitable shopping area in New York City with a rich social and cultural history. Anderson must confront her own role in the process of gentrification and investigate
the forces behind it more deeply.
Anderson meets with government officials, urban planners, developers, advocates, academics, and others who both champion and criticize the plans for Fulton Mall. Only when Anderson meets Brooklyn-born and raised scholar Craig Wilder, who explains his family's experiences of neighborhood change over generations, does Anderson come to understand that what is happening in her neighborhoods today is actually a new chapter in an old American story. The film's ultimate questions become how to heal the deep racial wounds embedded in our urban development patterns, and how citizens can become active
in fixing a broken planning process.
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