Gary, Indiana

Building a New Metropolis: Gary, Indiana

Building a New Metropolis: Gary, Indiana

A series of webisodes highlighting solutions to urban revitalization

by Andrea Torrice

Release Date: 2008

Total Running Time: 7 minutes

This webisode tells the story of the decline of one of America’s great industrial cities—Gary, Indiana—and its connection to the suburbs that have grown up around it. As the distressed urban core reeled from the impacts of de-industrialization, new rings of suburbs were built on the outer fringes of the metropolis.

The Ring Cycle of development left in its wake a trail of worsening poverty and dying older suburbs as investments and wealth moved to the new rings on the edge. This webisode follows the story of ordinary citizens, such as Reverend Cheryl Rivera of the Interfaith Federation of Northwest Indiana, and sees how they are working to rebuild these cities and inner ring suburbs in the face of enormous challenges. She is part of a growing national movement for metropolitan equity, a hope to re-democratize the American Dream.

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