Films and Discussion: “No Time for Ugliness”, ”A Place to Live“

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Two films from the 1960’s that extol the benefits of urban renewal projects for their communities. These films put these projects into context of their time period.

“No Time for Ugliness” is a 23 minute film that looks at various urban renewal projects across the nation with a focus on the economic benefits received by each city featured, including Hartford CT, Austin TX, and Sa Francisco CA.

“A Place to Live” was found in the Chicago Film Archives and that was commissioned by the Department of Urban Renewal in 1968. Filmmaker Dewitt Beall follows families as their buildings are taken by eminent domain and the efforts of the Department to move them into more appropriate housing. This film praises the efforts of the department and focuses on the positives of urban renewal to the neglect of the negative.

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