The New Metropolis: A Crack in the Pavement

About This Episode


"A Crack in the Pavement" unravels the national infrastructure and regional land-use debate through the stories of two public officials from southern Ohio trying to save their aging towns from losing residents and businesses to newer suburban communities. Narrated by actor Peter Coyote, the film intertwines their stories with commentary from national experts who examine the policies and practices that favor sprawl development over revitalizing existing, older communities.

Using compelling, personal stories to highlight these issues, The New Metropolis is a two-part documentary series that explores the challenges our older suburbs now face, and points towards solutions for their revitalization. Both films illustrate how the plight of first suburbs is critical to the overall health of our metropolitan areas.