Capturing voices of Tracy’s housing collapse
by Joel Danoy
Nov 16, 2012 | 2809 views | 5 5 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Voices of Tracy documentary
Anne Klint discusses her first interview for her Voices of Tracy community-based documentary project on the recent housing market crash.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Everyone has a story to tell.

And Anne Klint is patrolling Tracy with her eyes and ears wide open, hoping to capture those tales on camera.

Klint is collecting stories from residents who lived in Tracy during the lead up to and eventual collapse of the housing market from 2002 to the present. She specifically is looking for stories during the years of 2006 to 2010, when “people were really suffering.”

The Oakland-based artist has paired with the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts to produce the documentary titled “Inhabit Your City: Voices of Tracy.”

The community-based project was made possible when the Grand was awarded a $31,591 grant from The Creative Work/ArtPlace to produce a documentary. The grant requires that an organization or group, such as the Grand, collaborate with a local artist.

“There are a whole lot of people that are still being affected, and even if you didn’t lose your home you were still affected because the entire community changed,” said the 39-year-old. “I want to hear those kinds of stories from people — how hard was it for you and what changes did you go through?”

During the months of October and November, Klint collected the stories of about 15 people via camera and recorder while manning one of her posts in Tracy in the Grand lobby, local coffee shops and at the West Valley Mall.

The process is simple. She preferred to conduct video interviews but can simply use a voice recorder for those who are camera shy. Any historical pieces, such as old pictures or newspaper articles, that could supplement a story are welcomed submissions.

“It’s so important to get these stories now so we have a history of what happened during this important and truly devastating time in Tracy and the country,” Klint said.

“The longer we wait, the more people forget and stories will fade, so we don’t want to lose them.”

The project is sponsoring the event Something To Do: Sounds by Local Artists on Saturday, Nov. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Grand, 715 Central Ave. The event is free, though attendees are asked to donate one canned food item.

Local artists Matt Wells, Dani Gentry, The Yells, Medicine Cabinet and Armed and Dangerous are slated to perform.

Klint will be available to interview residents who want to tell their stories.

For information:

• Contact Joel Danoy at 830-4229 or
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November 20, 2012
dose just because chris is calling some people out on their selfish economic agendas at the cost of tax payers money is no reason for everyone to take a course on economics one on one......this is a place to opine, and in many people's opinions people like you and the rich gang running Tracy are a bunch of brothers out to make's not rocket science, its common sense. Why don't you take a course in humility? oh wait, not the forte of venture capitalists.
November 20, 2012
Common sense seems to continually evade you. Chris too. Why is that?

Clearly, to you, it is rocket science. My profession employed numerous people and full time jobs afterward. It represented 1/3 of the economy. Your lack of understanding of what it it takes to develop and construct is unbelievable.

Retract that. It is one more facet of an everyday occurrence in your life.

Development takes place over a minimum of 3 to 5 years (currently much more than 5 years). Construction only occurs after development approvals which is another 1-2 more years. I will prostrate myself before any 1st hand experience you have in construction/development and eagerly await the telling... take your time... BTW have you made money in this field in the last, oh, 5 years? I have not and am wanting to hear if you have and how you did it.

I will take a course in humility when you bring me your test scores in macro and micro economics from a mutually agreed upon institution. Please designate the location of the school for my course in humility.

Hopefully, reason will one day enter your awareness and coherent thought may then blossom. For now, may your days be filled with less unhappiness.


November 20, 2012
Take a basic course in Economics 101, Micro & Macro before asking your question. Why do people have to lay everything out for you in the lowest common denominator terms?

A simian has a greater comprehension level. God gave you intellect. There is no reason for you to waste so much.

November 20, 2012
Maybe we should get Ive$, $ERPA, $Ouza, and Co$e to explain why they thought it was such a good to have houses slapped up when the demand obviously was not there?
November 20, 2012
Your child-like usage of text have anything to do with your emotional age?

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