Screening: Down the Project: The Crisis of Public Housing


Tue, Oct 18, 2016
12:00 pm1:00 pm
Snell Library 90


Neighborhood Matters: Screening: Down the Project: The Crisis of Public Housing
With special guest: Lydia Edwards, Deputy Director, Office of Housing Stability
Down the Project: The Crisis of Public Housing, a documentary produced by Richard Broadman in 1982  presents the story of two projects that housed working families, both white and black, in the 1940s. In later years, crippled by lower budgets and the needs of poorer populations, they came to be regarded as eyesores, as danger zones. How did these changes occur? How did public housing begin? Which forces lobbied for it and against it? How do the people living in this housing see it?

This film, made in the 1980s, remains the classic portrait of a government program besieged on all sides. In two 30-minute sections, the film presents a concise social history of a housing movement and its opponents, then examines the social dilemmas of the developments these forces produced. Spokespeople include residents, public housing advocates from the 1930s, developers, administrators and politicians.For more detailed information about Columbia Point check out A Decent Place to Live: From Columbia Point to Harbor Point by Jane Roessner that Umass Boston has just put up on the internet archive.

ebost_20151216_a12Join us for a conversation following the film with special guest Lydia Edwards, Deputy Director, Office of Housing Stability, City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development

Prior to being named Deputy Director, Office of Housing Stability in 2016, Lydia Edwards was the 2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow, working on issues of trafficking/ Salvery, and Domestic Workers rights. She helped advocate for the state’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights that passed in 2015. Edwards received her law degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and later earned a Master of Laws in taxation from Boston University. And she speaks not only Portuguese and Spanish, the languages of some of the largest immigrant groups in Massachusetts, but also German.

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Neighborhood Matters is a lunchtime series that celebrates the ways in which community groups have shaped the neighborhoods surrounding the Northeastern campus. This series is co-curated by the Northeastern Center for the Arts and the Archives and Special Collections at the Northeastern University Library.

Lunch will be served.


Snell Library 90

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115