The second film in the Making Sense of Place documentary film series, a probing look at efforts by the city of Cleveland to reinvent itself in the face of population loss and decline in manufacturing, is now available to be viewed streaming at the Lincoln Institute website.
Users may simply click on the media player at the page Making Sense of Place – Cleveland: Confronting Decline in an American City , to view the one-hour documentary film.
The film examines setbacks in the urban core and inner-ring suburbs while growth in the form of homes, jobs, and commercial activity moves to the suburban periphery. Through the eyes and voices of Cleveland residents, the film explores the interrelationships of individual choices, the democratic process and market forces in the region. Many factors contribute to the patterns of the last several decades, including issues of race, class, taxes, and schools.
Cleveland: Confronting Decline in an American City is one of three documentaries produced in collaboration with Northern Light Productions as part of the Making Sense of Place documentary series and outreach initiative. The others -- Phoenix: The Urban Desert, which examined the sprawling growth and associated issues of a booming metropolitan area in the Southwest, and Portland: Quest for the Livable City, chronicling the Pacific Northwest city's attempts to reduce its carbon footprint and grow more densely within an urban growth boundary -- are also scheduled to be made available for streaming.
All the films appeared on public television stations across the country and are still also available on DVD.