Saving the City
Remaking the American Metropolis
Telling stories through the eyes of people who use the city, Saving the City is a 13-part national TV series in the works along with related educational material highlighting successful and unsuccessful examples of urban development throughout the US and Canada. Our focus is on downtowns and nearby neighborhoods, the most visible and visited part of our cities. The programs are arranged by theme, not city, so we can compare and contrast what works and what doesn’t in different places.
Help us get started on production — we are fundraising to meet a $250,000 matching grant from the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia:
All contributions are fully tax-deductible and go through the San Francisco Film Society, a 501c(3) non-profit.
Why Saving the City now?
America has always had a love-hate relationship with cities. Over 80% of us live in urban areas, a number projected to reach 90% by 2050. As people and capital continue moving into cities, there is a great opportunity to improve the urban experience by learning from communities across the continent. Not taking advantage of lessons learned risks having many cities continuing to do things the way they always have, which often means settling for the most expedient solutions rather than the best possible ones.
Exploring what we have been doing in the name of remaking our cities is an especially timely topic given the recent popularity of urban living along with ongoing debates about equity, energy consumption, and environmental sustainability and resiliency. Showing how individuals and small groups make a difference, our goal is to empower citizens to more actively participate in their local communities and to demand better results.
After watching Saving the City, you’ll never look at cities the same way again!