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The New Neighbors (2009)

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The film opens with 1950s home movies and family snapshots from Pennsauken New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia, give viewers a quick history of suburban development. Springing up after ... See full summary »

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The film opens with 1950s home movies and family snapshots from Pennsauken New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia, give viewers a quick history of suburban development. Springing up after World War II, the nation's first suburbs were "dream towns," places that returning GI's and many middle class families could realize the American Dream of home ownership. But it was mostly whites that were able to take up suburban living. Access to the new housing tracts was largely controlled by discriminatory federal and local policies, including exclusionary zoning and mortgage companies' redlining practices. Then in the 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement fought to overturn housing discrimination, and Congressional passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act helped protect the rights of minority families to live where they chose. Since the 1980s, the number of minorities living in suburbia has doubled. Many of these families have bought property in the first-ring suburbs, older ... Written by Andrea Torrice

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