Heritage Creek

excerpt 2:56 min
13:00 min | Full HD | stereo | 2014
director | editor | sound | producer: Mandy Krebs
camera: Felix Pötzsch
interview: Mr. & Mrs. Davies
language: english with subtitles (en)

„Heritage Creek (2014) is a visual note on the reality of residents of Heritage Creek, a small community somewhere in the middle of the U.S. which had to be completely resettled due to the expanding local airport.“

LICHTER Film Festival Frankfurt

A suburban settlement is shown with the help of a single camera movement. Heritage Creek is a district in Louisville, Kentucky (USA), which was relocated as the result of the airport expansion.

In 1988, the city of Louisville decided the expansion of the Standiford Field Airport (now Louisville International Airport). Two parallel runways were built for 700 million dollar. The airport is the main aviation hub for United Parcel Service (UPS) in the USA. UPS employs over 20,000 people in the city. They are one of the most important employers in the region. In 1995, the first of the two tracks opened. Following the relocation of 1581 households was planned. This included the area Minor Lane Heights on the eastern edge of the airport. The area was severely affected by the enlargement of aircraft noise.

“We‘ll go quietly, but only if we can all go together.”

Airports changed cities. They are important hubs and often decide on urban developments in positive and negative direction. The city of Louisville was forced to expand the existing airport in order to keep the local companies and to ensure their expansion. Airports are becoming economical and geographical focal points of our cities. The relocation of an entire residential area due an airport expansion was unique at that time. How does Heritage Creek evolved to today? Does the relocation still play a role for the residents, and how has this affected their relationship with their space of living? Heritage Creek is a subject of discussion in the context of the relationship between suburban city life and its variation through infrastructure construction.

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