Buchanan Stories is a participatory documentary storytelling, urban design and community arts initiative focused on the Buchanan Mall, a public park transecting seven affordable-housing complexes in San Francisco. Residents are working together across longstanding divisions to transform the Mall into a vibrant place for culture, connection and economic opportunity.
COLLABORATIVE STORYTELLING, DESIGN AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
A continually evolving suite of documentary films is shown in all the places the community regularly gathers, fostering an ongoing dialogue about culture, community, economic opportunity and pride of place. Participatory urban design and economic development, informed by the community’s stories, builds on the community’s capacity for vibrant connection.
Theory of Change
The narratives of Green Streets and the wider public housing community extend across media platforms, from online videos to interactive structures. Through collaborative, transmedia documentary storytelling and dissemination, we have improved local business viability and public safety, revitalized public parks and streetscapes, and coalesced diverse people to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.
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The ongoing production and dissemination of documentary works since 2011 has engaged a disparate community of stakeholders in public housing, workforce-development, crime-prevention and conservation. Together, we can address issues that plague low-income neighborhoods across America, and inspire broad-based participation in the solutions.
Thank you to all of the partners who have made this project possible.