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September 14, 2009

Re:  Rethinking our Region: From Infrastructure to Social Structure National Premiere of the New Metropolis

Dear Mayor:

During last year’s conference, The New Metropolis was presented to a ‘standing room only’ audience.  Now, you have the opportunity to participate in a special screening and focused dialogue on this important documentary.

The New Metropolis is Filmmaker Andrea Torrice’s two part documentary series about the rise and fall of the nation’s older, first suburbs and the current challenges they face: a dwindling tax base, population and business loss, decaying infrastructure, and increasing racial tensions.  The first part, entitled A Crack in the Pavement: Rebuilding American’s First Suburbs, follows the stories of Mayor Richard Ellisson of Elmwood Place, Ohio and City Manager Tom Moeller of Madeira, Ohio.  The second, entitled The New Neighbors, follows how Pennsauken Town Council and residents implemented a unique strategy of “stable integration” in their housing market.

Philadelphia WHYY Channel 12 and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement, along with William Penn Foundation and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, will hold a facilitated small group discussion of how the issues raised by The New Metropolis play out in the region and what steps can be taken to address them.  The event will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at WHYY’s Civic Space, 150 N. Sixth Street on Independence Mall, Philadelphia.  Space is limited; contact Linda Breitstein at 215-898-1122 to RSVP.

WHYY Channel 12 will be airing the national premier on Thursday, October 8th at 9:00 p.m.  The New Jersey Network has decided to hold back their broadcast until next spring, as they plan to do a special town hall program with the series. 

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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