documentaries

AP

By 2011, Atlanta Had Demolished All of Its Public Housing Projects. Where Did All Those People Go?

A new documentary looks at what happened after the city tore down 14,000 units of public housing.

CNN

A Compelling New Documentary Series About Today's Chicago

CNN's Chicagoland manages to capture the drama of running a city.

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A New Documentary Highlights the Reinvention of America's Streets

Bike lanes, bike shares, pedestrian safety laws, and more.

Christopher Farber

Sukkah City: Revisiting the Crazy, High-Concept, Temporary Jewish Huts of NYC

The largest non-Orthodox, non-Israel centered public expression of Jewish life in the history of New York.

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The Saddest, Most Inspiring Story You'll Ever Read About Thumb Wrestling

James "Tigermonkey" Isaacs was having a rough year. Then he started thumb wrestling.

Saving Seattle's Neighborhood Authenticity Through Better Buildings

A short documentary examines how to prevent South Lake Union from becoming another blah maze of featureless buildings.

Reuters

Now Streaming: 'The City Dark'

Documentary film looks at the impact of light pollution in cities.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

11 of the Best Documentaries About Cities Streaming on Netflix

Profiles of cities, their people and their dramas.

Loki Films

'Detropia' Offers a Bleak Vision of Detroit

The new documentary forces viewers to confront the city's rapid decline.

Wikimedia Commons

Life In an Abandoned Packard Plant

Allan Hill has been caring for (and inhabiting) a rundown Detroit factory building.

Buffalo Unscripted

Documenting the Local Perspective on Buffalo

The National Trust for Historic Preservation talked to more than 500 Buffalonians for a new documentary project

Battling Detroit's Arson Epidemic

With so many vacant buildings, firefighters in Detroit are among the busiest in the nation. A new documentary sets out to tell their story

A scene from Beijing in Gary Hustwit's "Urbanized"

'Helvetica' Director Gary Hustwit Takes on City Design with 'Urbanized'

The new film documents the problems and prospects of global urbanization