Live Virtual Program: "Ripple Effects: Urban Planning Post-Riis"
Join City of Altoona Planner Joshua Clements for an interactive reflection on how Jacob Riis' photography of historic tenement housing contributed to modern city planning practices intended to improve public health. This live, virtual program is available using internet or phone. Register using tinyurl.com/cvm-urbanplanning or call the museum.
Jacob Riis (1849–1914) was a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the twentieth century. His then-novel idea of using photographs of the city’s slums to illustrate the plight of impoverished residents established Riis as forerunner of modern photojournalism. Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives, an NEH On the Road exhibit showing at Chippewa Valley Museum Sept. 1 - Oct. 20, features photographs by Riis and his contemporaries, as well as his handwritten journals and personal correspondence.