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Professor Orfield Participates in Urban Sprawl Documentary

NOVEMBER 2, 2008—Professor Myron Orfield, Executive Director of the Law School’s Institute on Race & Poverty and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will provide expert commentary in a documentary called “The New Metropolis,” to run nationally on public television in 2009.

The three-part film describes the abandonment and decline of aging urban and inner-ring suburban communities in the Midwest and Northeast United States. It discusses government policies and practices that promoted development of new communities over renovation of the old ones. And it showcases the ideas and work of dedicated public officials, citizens, and activists to reinvent cities and inner-ring suburbs.

Award-winning public television documentary and educational television producer Andrea Torrice directed the film, which features Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, and Bruce Katz, vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.

The three programs that make up the documentary are “Divided We Sprawl: Building Better Communities Together,” “The New Neighbors: Integration in America’s First Suburbs,” and “A Crack in the Pavement: Rebuilding America’s First Suburbs.” Professor Orfield will appear in the second and third segments.

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