“On Broadway” film screening covered by New Haven Independent

We had a great event Monday of last week. Yale University Associate Professor of Urbanism Elihu Rubin came to the store to screen his short film “On Broadway,” part of his “New Haven Trilogy” of short documentaries made with Elena Oxman.

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“On Broadway,” made in 1999, deals with issues of redevelopment and public spaces by focusing on the Broadway commercial district in New Haven. The screening was followed by a lively discussion of the issues raised by the movie.

Thanks to Tom Breen of the New Haven Independent for reporting on this event:

On Broadway, which co-director and Yale Associate Professor of Urbanism Elihu Rubin presented and discussed at Best Video’s performance space Monday night, finds its story in the conflict between the small, family-owned businesses that had defined the block for generations, and their relatively new landlord, Yale University. Throughout the film, Rubin and Oxman interview many of the street’s shop-owners and customers, who prove to be ambivalent about the university’s engagement in the commercial district. Some appreciate the university’s investment in new buildings and clean streets; some resent its demands for high rent and long hours.

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