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With the pandemic, economic gyrations and continued concerns about equity and climate change, how do we ensure a better future for our cities? Following decades of decline, most urban cores were celebrating almost 20 years of improvement, a transformation now at risk. How did we get here and what comes next?

Saving the City is a multi-part documentary series asking and answering how can we make our cities better places for all?

We are seeking completion funding for our first two episodes () while producing a series of short films that can be seen on the Videos page. Our two newest stories are below.

After watching Saving the City, you will never look at cities the same way again!

New Videos

As we have interviewed over 90 people for about 60 minutes each and have uncovered a host of fascinating stories that deserve attention, we are producing a series of short videos in parallel with the main documentary series.  These are our two newest.  We’re working on an LA-based homelessness piece with two Philadelphia stories in the wings.

Support Saving the City

Help us complete our opening episodes as we are well into production and now editing thanks to generous support from the William Penn, Packard, Hewlett, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Foundations, the Heinz Endowments, an Urban Land Institute leadership group and individuals led by George Miller.

Contributions are tax-deductible and all funds go through the International Documentary Association, a 501c(3) non-profit.

Even small amounts make a big difference…

Saving the Bay PBS Series

Saving the City Executive Producer Ron Blatman also produced Saving the Bay: The Story of San Francisco Bay.  Narrated by Robert Redford, the four-part series was a PBS national prime time special and continues to air. The series received four regional Emmy awards including for Best Documentary. 

Learn more, including video clips and an extensive Education section, below.