Explore our in-depth multimedia projects based on DRI research.
Networks Beyond Borders : The stories we read about migrants today tend to focus on struggle, borders, politics, and war. Migrant success stories are just as important to remember, especially in the continuing debate on new arrivals' economic contributions. By investigating details about 2 specific groups - the Murid from Senegal and the Bai clan from Fujian China - we learn about the complexity, innovation, and success of migrants' economic networks that operate beyond the bounds of nation states.
Our project began when we started investigating the networks that fuel New York street vendors from Senegal. The online documentary includes original photography, video, and sound from New York, Senegal, Singapore, Gabon, China, and Myanmar to immerse our readers in these migrants' stories.
"Greene Street: A Long History of a Short Block" is a study of the historic development of the 486-feet strip of pavement, today known as Greene Street, between Houston and Prince Streets in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. Today, the block is one of the richest in the city and the world.
Our project includes an interactive documentary website that allows users to trace the development trajectory of Greene Street over four centuries. The site includes a timeline interface for exploring Greene Street's history, an interactive "Then & Now" section for users to compare pictures/video of the block from as far back as 1933 to present day, a detailed map section, and an online version of the data used for analysis in the site and the paper.