The Frederick Law Olmsted Society’s FRED 2015 event on Sept. 12 was capped off that night by an hour-long talk by WTTW-TV personality Geoffrey Baer and producer Dan Andries. The two discussed their upcoming film, “10 Towns that Changed America,” which is scheduled for national release on the PBS network in the spring of 2016.
Andries, a Berwyn resident, and Baer emphasized Riverside’s importance to the urban planning that’s taken place in the nearly 150 years since the village was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1869. The talk drew a crowd of about 100 people in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall.
Baer and Andries were part of a WTTW crew that was in Riverside this summer, shooting film via drone and on the streets of the village. Baer interviewed Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson during the Riverside shoot, which took place over a couple of days in July.