In 2009, Chicago was making its pitch to the world to be an Olympic host city. At the same time, the historic Bronzeville neighborhood was concerned as housing projects were turned into empty lots then turned into expensive homes.
A new documentary, Blueprint for Bronzeville, tells the story of the community organizers who tried to leverage the Olympic bid into a slew of affordable homeownership for the South Side community. It’s one of the entries in this year’s Black Harvest Film Festival. Morning Shift talks to the director and one of the neighborhood organizers.