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By Dallas Te'o                               Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012    
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at 11:42 a.m.

A photo of Whiskey Gulch
This photo shows Whiskey Gulch, the main business district in
East Palo Alto, before the area was developed into the current
site called University Circle.

The Mural Music and Arts Project (MMAP), the program on Urban Studies, and Rebooting History (an East Palo Alto-based partnership with The Spatial History Project at Stanford University) will present a documentary series called “East Palo Alto: Creating Our Destiny”. This event will take place on Monday, March 19, 2012 (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm), in the East Palo Alto Municipal Building, which is located at 2415 University Avenue in East Palo Alto.

The evening's event marks the world premier of three short music video documentaries on the struggle to balance economic development, community identity, and public space in East Palo Alto. Stanford students from an Urban Studies course named East Palo Alto: Reading Urban Change and youth from MMAP produced the videos.

The East Palo Alto: Reading Urban Change course provided a space for students to dive into the topic of redevelopment in East Palo Alto, specifically the redevelopment of Whiskey Gulch into what is known today as University Circle. In an extensive collaborative effort, Stanford students and MMAP youth decided to use Hip Hop videos as the vehicle to discuss what redevelopment looks like in East Palo Alto.

Students and youth conceptualized and filmed the videos, wrote lyrics and performed them on film, and also used archival video footage shot by Michael Levin, documentary maker who was instrumental in creating Dreams of a City, which is the first in-depth history of East Palo Alto.

In addition to viewing the student and youth created films, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the students and youth in a Q and A session, and partake in light refreshments, including uchepos (sweet corn tamales) from Los Temos, an institution in East Palo Alto and a restaurant that was located at Whiskey Gulch.

This event is made possible through the generous support of The Haas Center for Public Service, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, Institute for Diversity in the Arts + Committee on Black Performing Arts, and Academic Computing Services of Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources.

If you are interested in learning more about this event, please email rebootinghistory@gmail.com.

This article was written by Dallas Te'o and the Rebooting History Team.

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