A documentary in progress by Vivian Vazquez, Gretchen Hildebran and Julia Steele Allen.


DECADE OF FIRE – How the Bronx Was Burned

Vivian and her sister at the parkTHE FILM’S STORY

In the 1970s, when Vivian Vazquez was growing up in the South Bronx, she never thought of her neighborhood as a slum. It was her world and she loved it.  But by the time she was 18, the South Bronx she had known was gone. In ten years, fires had destroyed almost all the houses where Vivian lived and almost half a million people had fled. People never knew who’s building would be next. By the time Vivian left, her street looked like a war zone – burnt out shells of buildings and empty lots piled with rubble.

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