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Blight! A Horror Movie

Vancouver made a film in 1964 cheering bulldozed neighbourhoods.

Submitted by Tyee Staff, 14 Jan 2019

 

Over at the excellent site Price Tags, Sandy James unearthed a 14-minute “cringe-worthy” video from 1964 that weirdly combines a film noir orchestra with the baritone voice of technocratic propaganda. As she writes:

“Here’s that Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and City of Vancouver joint production on ascertaining what neighbourhood areas had ‘blight’ and needed to be — well, erased.  By reviewing the quality of housing from the exterior and from some internal inspections, Chinatown, Strathcona and parts of False Creek were earmarked for ‘renewal.’”

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