Writings on film, most often with a nod towards the urban environment. The Vanishing Street is named after the 1962 short by the Free Cinema director Robert Vas. His film documents life in condemned Jewish street in East London just prior to its demolition.

Hailing from London and now living in Portland, Oregon, my connection is to cities in which the future is frequently imbued with anxiety. Fears about affordability intersect with dismay at the changing faces of the city, be it London’s Soho or Portland’s Division Street, even as new arrivals view these cleaned up neighborhoods with excitement. At times the soul of the city itself appears to be at stake.

This blog is a cinematic travelogue, but will hopefully capture something of how the cities we love have changed over time, and how we view them today. Plus, whatever emerges along the way…

Chris Phillips, 2017