I've been shooting a number of film tests around the Central Eastside, an area defined by the city as an urban renewal district. This renewal phenomenon is something I view as a new urban crisis in a period of post-suburban disillusionment. As the city's development commission works to rebuild core areas, and increasing numbers of people move to the central city from areas outside the state and the surrounding suburbs, the effect will be various forms of displacement. A municipality's desire for increased property value (and the resulting tax revenue) will forever frustrate the desire of low-rent tenants to locate affordable space to live and work in the central city.
Notes from August 2007