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“Two Square Miles” with Filmmaker Barbara Ettinger and Friends of Hudson Founder Sam Pratt

April 20, 2006 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EDT

Barbara Ettinger’s 2006 documentary Two Square Miles tracks the conflicts in the small town of Hudson, New York as a proposed multinational coal-fired cement plant threatens to reshape the community. With its thriving main street, diverse population, and healthy rate of revitalization, Hudson, New York could be seen as a model of small-town America. But underneath the surface, Hudson is dealing with the same issues that communities of all sizes face: ever-widening income gaps and the loss of a middle class; threats to health and environment by polluting corporations, gentrification and homogenization; and a compromised democratic process. Local business and small farms find it impossible to compete against national chains, while long-standing friction persists along racial and economic lines. Two Square Miles takes a closer look at this small community in a state of flux, a town of 7,500 located 100 miles north of New York City. How do the residents of this town deal with change — and with each other? Presented by Barbara Ettinger and Sam Pratt, founder of Friends of Hudson.

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12180 United States
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