Saving the City: Remaking the American Metropolis

Join us for a preview of Saving the City, an upcoming documentary series that highlights successful and unsuccessful examples of urban development throughout the United States and Canada in an effort to create better places. The opening two episodes, which look at how we have gone about remaking cities from the City Beautiful movement at the turn of the 19th century until today to provide context for the rest of the series, are expected to be released this Fall. The focus is on downtowns and nearby neighborhoods, the most visible and visited parts of our cities.

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


George Hammond


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This program was originally scheduled for April 15, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID pandemic.

Image - Ron Blatman

Ron Blatman

Executive Producer, Saving the City

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In Conversation with George Hammond

Author, Conversations With Socrates