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La Plaza
Bricks, The
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Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

La Plaza examines the “success” of public housing in the U.S., with a chronicle of “The Bricks”. Seen as a “ghetto” by most, Mission Hill is the only affordable housing choice for its residents. On the cusp of a scheduled $59 million renovation, this first in a series looks at the conditions that hold the tenants hostage and their mental attitudes.

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Broadcast program

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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Bricks, The,” 12/15/1995, GBH Archives, accessed April 20, 2021,
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