Industrial Past, The

Produced by: 
Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center with Scribe Video Center
Year: 
2007
Duration: 
00:09:41

Individual Film Price:

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $49.95
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $49.95
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00

 

 


Precious Places Compilation Price:

This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.3 compilation DVD.

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $139.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $79.00
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00

 

 


Scribe Video Center Program:

The Precious Places Community History Project is a community oral history project inviting members of the Philadelphia region's many neighborhoods to document the buildings, public spaces, parks, landmarks and other sites that hold the memories of our communities and define where we live. Precious Places teaches the video production process to participating groups, fostering projects authored by those who intimately know the featured neighborhoods.

 


Humanities Consultant: Joseph Myers

Production Facilitator: Francesco Muto


Film Summary:

Kensington may be Philadelphia's quintessential post-industrial neighborhood. Once a teeming textile hub of the city and indeed the region, Kensington's wealth and quality of life declined in the 1950s and 1960s as factories moved elsewhere. While the neighborhood has developed a reputation as one of Philadelphia's most neglected areas, residents tell of a different Kensington. Recently, the neighborhood has also been experiencing something of a rebirth. The Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center epitomizes this trend. Offering after-school programs, adult education and job placement to the area's racially diverse community, the center serves an important function in a changing urban landscape. The Industrial Past offers a colorful virtual tour of the neighborhood through the voices of its residents. Older neighbors recount the neighborhood's past vibrancy and the attractive aspects that they say sometimes go missing in media coverage of the neighborhood. Younger residents discuss Kensington's present condition and future, offering an intimate view of this vibrant but often misunderstood neighborhood.

 


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