A 1965 Film Makes the Case for Urban Renewal

No Time for Ugliness, sponsored by the American Institute for Architects, is a sweeping portrait of cities across the country in the mid-1960s. Vehemently against urban sprawl, advertising in public spaces, and "mean and ugly" low-income housing, the film cites what it considers to be success stories of development in Detroit, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and more. Courtesy of the Prelinger Archive, the film is a fascinating look at the push for "revitalization" in the 1950s and 1960s. 

 

For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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