The New Metropolis: The New Neighbors

About This Episode


Narrated by actress Ruby Dee, "The New Neighbors" follows a diverse group of residents and public officials from Pennsauken, New Jersey, as they attempt to revitalize their “first” suburban town through a strategy called “stable integration.” Working with Fund for an Open Society, the town reversed a declining housing market and helped create a vibrant, integrated community.

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.