Friday, December 15, 2006

East of Liberty

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East of Liberty
A Story of Good Intentions

Thursday, December 14 through Saturday, December 16 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 PM
Tickets are $10 and are available through ProArts or at the door.

For more information, call: 412-523-4793

East of Liberty is the much anticipated documentary by filmmaker Chris Ivey that examines the redevelopment of the East Liberty area. Edited in the style of Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke , the documentary lets the East Liberty community raise questions, praises and concerns about the changes and its effects on the community.

Featuring comments from Davu Flint, Ebony McKinney, Born Shamir, Police Commander RaShall Brackney, Maelene Myers, Alethea Sims, Doloris Morris, Al Vento, Morton Coleman, Robert Pease and Ronell Guy-Curtis. Also featuring comments from internationally acclaimed reseacher and author of the book ROOT SHOCK, Mindy Fullilove and many more...
East of Liberty is a hard hitting documentary that will raise questions and awareness to the constantly changing area of East Liberty.


Karen Lillis said...

Thanks for posting this, John! I think this story is so important right now. It's happening all over America. One side of town is so excited about Whole Foods, but who's getting priced out, who is benefitting? Why does so-called city revitalization have to mean poor people getting displaced, black people getting displaced, local businesses getting displaced, regional identity being reduced, poor people becoming the wage slaves to the superstores, and then calling this "good for the economy"? It's an uncreative, eyesore of a short-term solution...

Jesse said...

Part of the reason is inadequate business acumen on the part of the small business owners. I support them whenever I can, but only when they deserve it.

It's easy to hold the Mom & Pop owner up on a pedestal. But an honest look at many small businesses reveals they're nowhere close to serving the demands of their customers. It can manifest in a variety of ways: complexity filling orders, not accepting credit cards, dirty facilities.

I can't begin to count the number of small businesses I've encountered that just don't seem to care. Not that corporate chains are any better — they aren't. But they have money and scale. The small business needs to be leaner, faster, and more precise in every move, every single time.