The latest in our Neighborhood Stories program, this film explores the Bonton and Ideal neighborhoods in South Dallas. Initially a series of segregated developments built for black Dallasites, the neighborhoods have a rich legacy of soulful music, black-owned businesses, and close social ties. As with other segregated neighborhoods in the American South, Bonton and Ideal have struggled with the effects of political decisions aimed to isolate the neighborhood physically, socially, and economically. The love and dedication of long time residents has spurred city-led revitalization, though not always with the neighborhood’s interests in mind.
Director: Craig Weflen
Craig Weflen is [bc]’s Media Associate, managing the Neighborhood Stories program, with the goal of celebrating the unique cultures and histories of Dallas’s neighborhoods. Craig’s body of work includes the award winning documentary short Out of Deepwood. This is his first production over 30 minutes in length.