• ...a celebration of black culture, the sort of positive portrait that blacks deserve and seldom receive...a compelling, thoroughly researched production.

    Columbus Dispatch
  • Austin Allen's documentary takes a controversial stance: that African Americans' conception of open space is different from that of the mostly white civic authorities who have closed public parks in recent years, denying blacks a vital gathering place... In building his case, Allen...creates a fascinating history of black America.

    The East Bay Express
  • In making CLAIMING OPEN SPACES, Allen isn't looking for popularity. He's looking for answers.

    Columbus Guardian