A video preview of the Digital Scholarship Lab project “Renewing Inequality,” a mapping project examining American cities impacted by urban renewal projects in the 1950s and 60s. For this project I filmed and interviewed Robert K. Nelson, directed drone footage and edited the final video.
Urban renewal refers to programs of land redevelopment in cities and can include the relocation of businesses, the demolition of structures and the relocation of people. The process played an important role in the history and demographics of many cities.

The open access maps are part of the larger American Panorama project, a historical atlas of the United States for the twenty-first century. American Panorama maps have been featured by The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, National Geographic and more.
Personally I love projects like this, where history hidden in plain sight is revealed and made more accessible. Through the fields of data visualization and the digital humanities, we can better understand and communicate the mechanisms of policy and make a case for a better future. Much the same with video - a simple and true story that resonates can change our perception of the world.

Image credit: Digital Scholarship Lab