Show Me A Hero by Lisa BelkinNot in my backyard -- thats the refrain commonly invoked by property owners who oppose unwanted development. Such words assume a special ferocity when the development in question is public housing. Lisa Belkin penetrates the prejudices, myths, and heated emotions stirred by the most recent trend in public housing as she re-creates a landmark case in riveting detail, showing how a proposal to build scattered-site public housing in middle-class neighborhoods nearly destroyed an entire city and forever changed the lives of many of its citizens.
-- Public housing projects are being torn down throughout the United States. What will take their place? Show Me a Hero explores the answer.
-- An important and compelling work of narrative nonfiction in the tradition of J. Anthony Lukass Common Ground.
-- A sweeping yet intimate group portrait that assesses the effects of public policy on individual human lives.
‘Show Me a Hero’ Recap: Parts One & Two
Our object is to get this housing built. Sand Bob Balaban , calmly pleading with the officials of Yonkers to comply with his court order to build affordable housing in the historically white eastern part of the city. In the hands of the writers David Simon and Bill Zorzi, and the director Paul Haggis, it lands a powerful, but considered, punch. Mallory McCree , an asthmatic young man from the projects wrapped up in a tender romance and life as a drug dealer, which stops him from seeking medical help for a condition that ends up claiming his life. Isaac plays him as a likable charmer who seems mostly concerned with projecting an image as a reliable leader, perhaps wrapped up in his own neuroses about his young age and dead father. His commitment to obeying the court order is born not from idealism but practicality: More than anything, he wants to avoid plunging Yonkers into bankruptcy. Show Me a Hero is an intensely political work that never drops the thread of the human lives in the balance; between every scene of municipal grandstanding and courthouse speeches, we cut to Skip trying to break out of the drug trade, or the nurse Norma LaTanya Richardson Jackson struggling with the diabetes-induced loss of her eyesight, or Carmen Ilfenesh Hadera , torn between returning to her home country and the life she wants to offer her children in America.
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Sign in. In , the first families begin moving in to the new townhouses, but their arrival is not greeted with an entirely positive reception. Meanwhile, Nick finds his political position under threat. In , Nick plots his next political move. Meanwhile, Mary learns about the other side of the housing argument, and Doreen plans to give something back to the community. Spallone proves to be a much tougher opponent than Nick expected, Carmen makes plans for the future, Billie faces a crisis, and Doreen's life begins to spiral out of control. Get a quick look at the the week's trailers, including Villains , Countdown , Like a Boss , and more.