Retired Professor Arnold Panitch started walking around the Lair Hill neighborhood of South Portland in 2003 when he moved here from Boise, Idaho. Photojournalist Ken Kane thought up the idea of producing a slide talk of the tour after having taken several versions of Panitch's walks. Together, they present a power point talk of Italian and Jewish immigration to Portland at the turn of the 20th Century and what happened when the Urban Renewal Planners and highway builders decided to knock down the area in the late 1950s. Ken Kane is a graduate of the Newhouse College of Journalism, Syracuse University. He has been a television reporter, TV news producer, and in the employ of Bonneville Power Administration in their public relations department. Arnold Panitch taught Social Work and Social Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana and at Boise State University. He was a founding staff member of the VISTA Volunteer Program of the US War on Poverty. Arnie's father immigrated from Ukraine to Chicago in 1913. Since 2003, Panitch has been an HGP Member serving on the Program Committee.

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