Bulldozed History: a Visual Representation of Greenbush
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The Greenbush neighborhood was once a vibrant immigrant community in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1962, the neighborhood was razed to be redeveloped, and after sitting empty for years a hospital and several apartment buildings were built on the site. This renewal came under a dubious process involving outright disrespect of the original residents. Through literature review, archival research, and interviews with former residents, we are visually reconstructing a sense of what the old Greenbush was like, and the effect that the renewal had around the Madison community. A significant portion of our research is devoted to memory comics, a tool to visually re-create one’s memories to get a more human sense of place. Our conclusions outline the main takeaways that the former residents who we interviewed had of the urban renewal process and the legacy it has today.
Includes Tables, Figures, Repeat Photography, Photographs, Appendices and Bibliography.