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[ The full-length DVD of “Down the Lynde” is now available and on loan from the Everett Public Library and Malden Public Library. For more information email me at email@example.com .]
A Documentary Film About Change
“Down the Lynde,” is a documentary film about Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn’s plans to open a casino and the impact it could have on people living in an industrial neighborhood in Everett, Massachusetts.
Plans to build a $1.2 billion casino in the neighborhood were approved in September, 2014 but even before that, the city of Everett had been working on an urban renewal plan for the area. This movie looks at the past, present and future of the Lynde (pronounced “Line”) neighborhood. The neighborhood contains a small residential neighborhood in the heart of what once was a booming industrial center. Today it is a hodgepodge of old factory buildings, single-family-, two-family-, three-family-homes, luxury condos, fast food establishments, auto shops, junk yards, produce warehouses and huge oil and gas storage tanks.
Most call the neighborhood, “The Lynde”. More recently it’s been called “Lower Broadway,” particularly by people interested in marketing the location to young professionals. Change is coming: at lightning speed now that Steve Wynn’s plans to build a casino on a polluted site, where a Monsanto chemical factory was once located, were approved.
This documentary premiered on Monday, May 12, 2014 to a packed screening room at the Parlin Memorial Library in Everett, Mass. At its second screening on June 11, 2014, a standing-room-only crowd of nearly 100 watched the 67-minute movie at the Malden Public Library. Several of those who were interviewed in the documentary attended the screenings as did many former and current residents of the neighborhood. Reactions were extremely positive, a testament to the friendly nature of Everett residents.
The purpose of this documentary film — my thesis project for a master’s program at Northeastern University — is to capture this unique moment in time, the turning point for a neighborhood and its people: to document their hopes and dreams for this place and to hopefully at the same time capture a universal truth: all things change.