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Allison Lirish Dean
Writer, filmmaker and urban planner
Allison Lirish Dean is a writer, filmmaker and urban planner. Her most recent documentary film, My Brooklyn (with Kelly Anderson), about the corporate and government forces behind the gentrification of Downtown Brooklyn's Fulton Mall, won the audience award at the 2012 Brooklyn Film Festival.
Allison researched and produced My Brooklyn over an eight-year period. Prior to that, she produced Someplace Like Home, an award-winning organizing video for FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality), a Brooklyn-based community organization. Allison has written about urban planning and policy issues for numerous outlets including The Next American City, Gotham Gazette, The Brooklyn Rail and Progressive Planning. She has worked as a communications associate at PolicyLink, a research analyst at Good Jobs New York, and led an ethnographic study of the Fulton Mall for the Pratt Center for Community Development. Allison has also produced pieces for public radio programs, including WNYC's Studio 360 and PRI's Living on Earth. She holds a masters in urban planning from Hunter College/CUNY and has served on the faculty of Brooklyn College and Bronx Community College. A former Brooklynite, she currently lives in Portland, Oregon.