“The 1930s-era map on a gallery wall does not quite match up with A.D. Lewis’ own memories of Denver. He peers closely, his hand holding a pin hovering. Then he pushes the pin at a spot on the map where he once owned a house, and steps back.
“This is like 40 years of my life you’ve got up here. Maybe 60,” Lewis said of a show that opened Thursday at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library that traces the history and consequences of official racial discrimination in housing and development in Denver and across the United States. “Undesign the Redline” will be at Blair-Caldwell until Dec. 15, and at the Webb Municipal Office Building Dec. 18-Jan. 2.
“There’s a lot here. And there’s a lot that they don’t have,” Lewis added. “I guess you have to be a person who’s lived here to know that.”
The creators of “Undesign the Redline” and the team that brought the nationally touring show to Denver are looking for just that reaction. Comments and suggestions from people such as Lewis have been incorporated into the show since its first iteration opened in New York. Lewis said he’d like to see even more exploration of the Chicano movement and development-driven displacement of Hispanics in Denver today, issues the show does address.”
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Bryson, Donna. Denverite 15 November 2018.