Redlining exhibit that has Philly buzzing is coming to an end

Antionette Lee
November 12, 2018 - 6:14 pm
Your last opportunity to check out a one-of-a-kind exhibit on redlining policies that shaped Philadelphia's neighborhoods, which has garnered lots of attention, is coming up.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Your last opportunity to check out a one-of-a-kind exhibit on redlining policies that shaped Philadelphia's neighborhoods, which has garnered lots of attention, is coming up.  

It's called "A Dream Deferred: Redlining Past, Present, Future," and the first thing one notices when walking into the old financial building at 600 Spring Garden is the array of diverse people there.

With several layers to the exhibit that include a documentary, art, reflection booth and touch technology, Creators Meegan Denenberg and Tayyib Smith say the multidisciplinary exhibit was made so that everyone could analyze their own experiences with the city's discriminatory real estate practices responsible for cyclic poverty. 

"And maybe acknowledge A- 'My family benefited from this' or 'oh, maybe this is why my family hasn't been able to build wealth the way we need to,'" said Denenberg. 

"This experience can make all of us, depending on where we are in the socioeconomic strata, to start thinking or imagining a more inclusive future," Smith added.  

Denenberg says conversations around discriminatory housing practices are happening, but the big problem is that "very often they're happening in echo chambers or they're happening in academic settings that are naturally, I think, exclusionary especially to the men and women I think are burdened by this."  

So the exhibit makes it easy to explore complex topics around public policy and institutional racism "that we think people need to understand especially if they're going to be living in cities," said Denenberg.  

The experience is a lot to take in, so attendees can process what they learn at the exhibit's cafe over conversation and a cup of coffee, or they can record their thoughts in the recollection booth. The last day to attend is Nov. 17.