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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Property Movies!

Here are a few more property movies suggested by readers of the blog.  Special thanks to University of Kentucky law librarian, Ryan Valentin, for digging most of these up:

Battle for Brooklyn: Battle for Brooklyn' follows the story of reluctant activist Daniel Goldstein as he struggles to save his home and community from being demolished to make way for the densest real estate development in U.S. history.
 
Begging for Billionaires: Explores the erosion of private property rights in United States and exposes how municipal governments use tax money and abusive eminent domain policies to aid private developers and corporations.
 
Urbanized: A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.
 
Blueprint America: Road to the Future: An original documentary part of a PBS multi-platform series on the country's aging and changing infrastructure, goes to three very different American cities - Denver, New York and Portland, and their surrounding suburbs - to look at each as an example of the challenges and possibilities the country faces as citizens, local and federal officials, and planners struggle to manage a growing America with innovative transportation and sustainable land use policies.
 
Making Sense of Place – Portland: Quest for the Livable City: As cities across the country today attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, invest in transit, and focus on infill redevelopment as an alternative to car-dependent sprawl, the experience of Portland provides a cautionary tale for planning in the 21st century, involving issues of economic development, gentrification, local food and farming, property rights, and civic participation.
 
Land and how it gets that way: LAND presents a subtle story of competing interests in the conflict over conversion of rural land to suburban  housing developments.  By allowing the characters to speak for themselves, Brock engagingly presents land use conflict as human drama, not dry policy and planning decisions.

The Dust Bowl: Ken Burns film that chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the "Great Plow-Up," followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.
 
The Next Best West: Tells the story of how the conventional American concept of progress has steered our exploitation of the Western landscape, and takes you to three places – Colorado’s San Luis Valley, the High Plains of Eastern Montana and the Elwha River on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula – where a vibrant new understanding of progress presages a better future.
 
We the Tiny House People: TV producer and Internet-video personality Kirsten Dirksen invites us on her journey into the tiny homes of people searching for simplicity
 
You’ve Been Trumped: In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

Steve Clowney

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This is a great list, but where can you actually get a hold of these films?

Posted by: Jessie Owley | Jan 15, 2013 10:03:38 AM

Pursuit of Happyness is one of my favorite movies about property and how to acquire same. There is even an RLUIPA issue lurking in its penumbras (a homeless shelter that is the kind of religious land use often excluded from commercial districts).

Posted by: Rick Duncan | Jan 16, 2013 10:04:43 PM

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