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Watch This Documentary About South Dallas’ Bonton and Ideal Neighborhoods

Bonton + Ideal remains an important document to help understand the Dallas of today, including its neglected neighborhoods.
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The Ingram family and their home, as seen in Bonton + Ideal
The Ingram family and their home, as seen in Bonton + Ideal. Courtesy of Esther and Henrietta Ingram

Dallas is still living with the consequences of its past sins. A new documentary about the city’s segregated history makes that abundantly clear.

Bonton + Ideal, which premiered in December on KERA’s “Frame of Mind” series and was released today online, looks at the South Dallas neighborhoods of the title to explore how unjust public policies helped create a divided city. It’s an important subject for anyone with an interest in understanding the Dallas of today and making the city, particularly its most neglected neighborhoods, better.

The film is the seventh installment in the Neighborhood Stories initiative from buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, the local community design nonprofit. It was directed by Craig Weflen.

Set aside 40 minutes of your day for Bonton + Ideal. 

Go here for more info and to watch the film.

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Bonton + Ideal: A Dallas Neighborhood Stories Film from buildingcommunityWORKSHOP on Vimeo.

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