Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Two films on DC's waterfront to be screened tonight

(One of the many topics I've been meaning to write about is waterfront revitalization, in the context of some more recent efforts, especially in Chicago.  For example see the US News & World Report story, "Banking on the River," about Fort Wayne, Indiana and the Chicago Magazine story, "The River Queen," about Carol Ross Barney, the primary architect for the Chicago Riverwalk project.)

From email:
Sustainable Waterfronts shows two short films on DC Waterfronts tonight/7:00pm/Hill Center:

On the Waterfront with Arthur Cotton Moore.

This film highlights the work that Moore did in the 1960s and 1970s to rescue the Georgetown Waterfront from the stinky slum that it had become. Arthur Cotton Moore is a world-acclaimed architect for recently refurbished the interior of the Library of Congress.

Capitol Hill and Waterfront: A Bridge Across History. This new film was made with grant support from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. It traces the historic relationship of the Southeast waterfront with the Capitol Hill community since the Capital was founded in 1791.

Sustainable Waterfronts is a 5013c foundation that focuses on the historic development of parks and rivers in the District of Columbia and beyond. Its mission is to help preserve the heritage of the city by producing educational films which can be distributed for free to community groups and public schools in the District. Washington is currently in the throes of great economic changes and social development. By offering a historical documentary on a vital part of our capitol, Sustainable Waterfront hopes to preserve a visual memory of a past that is slowly disappearing.
Sustainable Waterfronts doesn't seem to have a website, but its main engine is John Wennersten, a retired professor who has written a number of books about rivers and waterfronts in the Chesapeake Bay region, including on DC:  Anacostia: The Death and Life of an American River and The Historic Waterfront of Washington, D.C..

I wasn't able to find the second film online.

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