Boarded up beauties can be found in every Pittsburgh neighborhood. You'll find that the stories behind these places reveal community concerns and historical insight that go beyond a single parcel of land.

The Neglected Histories documentary series features crumbling yet majestic homes, which drop out of the real estate market after years of diminishing value. 

 

Public and commercial buildings built with subtle detail during times of prosperity, but which have become too difficult to maintain.

 

And once useful infrastructure now tucked beneath the greenery of neglect.

Each 20 to 30 minute documentary tells the biography of a neglected place. 

The Neglected Histories series will reveal the human dimensions of property neglect and bear witness to neighborhood change. We’ll explore the decision making processes for community agents of change, be they developers, government officials, or neighborhood leaders.

Interviews with community members will draw lines between the story of a run-down property in its heyday and the causes of its current neglect. We'll also look at the impact of that neglect on the neighborhood, and future plans for the property.

We're looking to screen the first episode in the summer of 2016. But we need help with production expenses. 

Outreach & Engagement

As each episode is produced, I plan to make the documentaries available on this site and through public media partnerships. 

 

But I also want to get people talking. With the release of each episode, we'll hold community screenings and facilitate public discussions at the end of each showing.

If you're interested in building a partnership, requesting information, or offering suggestions of neglected places to cover

February 19, 2016

New Sun Rising supports leaders of social enterprises and community projects to create local, sustainable, and measurable impact. Neglected Histories is now under their fiscal sponsorship umbrella.

February 01, 2016

The pilot episode of Neglected Histories is about August Wilson Park a neglected playground in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, with a spectacular view. Check out images from our filming last October.

January 11, 2016

Neglected Histories In The News

Neglected Histories was recently featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette City Walkabout Column by Diana Nelson Jones. Find out more about the pilot episode and Cliffside Park in the Hill District.

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