The Lowdown

The Lowdown features articles on the people, projects and achievements of the Living New Deal itself.

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  • The Living New Deal has Reached a New Milestone
    • February 1, 2020
    The Living New Deal map now features more than 16,000 sites. We are continuing to expand the number of sites for each state, in an effort to increase the comprehensiveness of our database. California has reached 2,057 sites, Massachusetts now has 836, Mississippi has 386, New York State has 1,746, ...
  • Unsung Hero of the New York City New Deal
    • January 2, 2020
    Our National Associate Frank da Cruz has long had an interest in the built legacy of the New Deal in New York City. Much of this legacy, he argues, has been obscured by the misattribution of many public works projects to Robert Moses. Not only were projects not credited to the ...
  • New Book: Wisconsin Post Office Murals
    • January 2, 2020
    Living New Deal National Associate David W. Gates Jr. has been photographing and writing about U.S. post offices for 15 years. He is the founder of postofficefans.com, documenting post office buildings and their artworks nationwide. David visited hundreds of post offices in the course of writing his new book, “Wisconsin Post ...
  • Where in the World is Evan: Aguada PR
    • January 2, 2020
    While traveling through Puerto Rico, our Researcher at Large, Evan Kalish, made a rare find: a living, breathing plaque for an administration most people haven’t heard of—the Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration (PRRA). During the Great Depression, the agency carried out most of the relief work in Puerto Rico. The plaque Evan ...
  • Living New Dealer of the Month: Susan C. Allen
    • January 2, 2020
    Our longtime National Associate and contributor, Mississippi-based scholar Susan C. Allen, has created more than 100 new entries for our map this year. Susan is one of our most prized team members. A Professor of Social Work at the University of Mississippi, she has focused her research on murals and other ...
  • Green New Deal Talk: “New Deal to Green New Deal”
    • October 28, 2019
    On October 30, Living New Deal Director Richard A Walker, will speak about the Green New Deal at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. In 1932, at a Commonwealth Club address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced his vision for a radical transformation of American politics and for a New Deal ...
  • Fort Lee NJ: New Deal Post Office and Mural Under Threat
    • October 28, 2019
    Residents of Fort Lee, NJ and have been mobilizing to save their cherished historic Main Street Post Office from demolition. The USPS will close and relocate the post office in a newparking garage and the New Deal structure will be demolished, as part of the city’s downtown redevelopment plan. Built in ...
  • Living New Dealer of the Month: Peggy Crane
    • October 28, 2019
    New York-based writer and activist, Peggy Crane, is a valued team member of the Living New Deal. For the past year and a half, Peggy Crane, our New York Branch Coordinator, has teamed up with Grace ("Jinx") Roosevelt in an effort to build the Living New Deal’s NYC project. Under ...
  • Where in the World is Evan: Virginia Beach
    • October 28, 2019
    Postlandia, the brainchild of our Researcher at Large, Evan Kalish, is an expansive project focused on documenting post offices across the United States. Evan’s research has taken him to all corners of the nation—from small communities in rural America with post offices no larger than a toll booth to global cities ...
  • Welcoming Our New Development Director, Kurt Feichtmeir
    • October 28, 2019
    The Living New Deal welcomes Kurt Feichtmeir who will serve as our new  Development Director. Prior to joining the Living New Deal, Kurt was Director of Extended Learning for the San Francisco Exploratorium. His work with the Exploratorium spanned more than three decades, during which time he led the museum's ...
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