Baltimore Futures Speaker Series: Screening + Q&A of "Owned: A Tale Of Two Americas" September 23rd, 7:00p.m.
The Old Goucher Community Association (OGCA) is hosting a screening of the new documentary film "Owned: A Tale of Two Americas" (www.ownedfilm.com) that deals with legacy of housing policies that split America into two different groups: one urban, mostly minority, precluded from home ownership, and another suburban and white, whose lifestyles were built with heavy federal subsidies.
In the words of the film makers:
The United States’ postwar housing policy created the world’s largest middle class. It also set America on two divergent paths -- one of imagined wealth, propped up by speculation and endless booms-and-busts, and the other in systematically defunded, segregated communities, where the American dream feels hopelessly out of reach. Some ten years after the last housing collapse and well into a perceived upswing, the election of Donald Trump and urban uprisings in places like Baltimore suggest that there’s a far more fundamental problem with housing policy in America. And we haven’t even begun to recover.
Owned is a incisive look into the dark history behind the US housing economy. Tracking its overtly racist beginnings to its unbridled commodification, the documentary exposes a foundational story few Americans understand as their own.
Through the stories of a retired New York City cop, an eccentric Orange County realtor, and an aspiring real estate developer in Baltimore, Owned explores the promise of postwar housing policies, the systematic oppression in America’s “Chocolate Cities,” and the communities they have created. The film suggests that ultimately, these communities have more in common than they might suspect. This screening was organized in concert with the Baltimore Futures lecture series presentation “Neighborhoods First” by Strong Towns President Chuck Marohn. The “Neighborhoods First” presentation will occur at Lovely Lane Church on the following night, Monday September 24th, at 7pm.
This screening was organized in concert with the Baltimore Futures lecture series presentation “Neighborhoods First” by Strong Towns President Chuck Marohn. The “Neighborhoods First” presentation will occur at Lovely Lane Church on the following night, Monday September 24th, at 7pm.
Sunday, September 23, 2018
7:00-9:00 PM EDT
10 East North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202
Reserve tickets via Eventbrite.
Suggested donation $5