I haven’t even got around to watching Pawtucket Rising yet and already there’s another local urban film on PBS for me to watch.
Brown University sociologist Hilary Silver’s documentary about Providence’s Southside neighborhood, which has rebuilt and reimagined itself after sustaining urban disinvestment and white flight, will premiere on Rhode Island Public Broadcasting Service this week. Southside: The Fall and Rise of an Inner-City Neighborhood airs on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at 7 p.m. on Channel 36.
The feature-length (55-minute) documentary recounts the history of South Providence from its white ethnic and African-American origins through a period of depopulation and disinvestment, arson and abandonment, and the subsequent efforts of new and longtime residents and community organizations to revitalize the neighborhood, build new housing, and create new jobs.
Southside airs tomorrow, February 14th on RI PBS (Cox cable channel 8 ) at 7pm.