East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story

Learn the history of East Lake Meadows, a former public housing community in Atlanta. Stories from residents reveal hardship and resilience, and raise critical questions about race, poverty, and who is deserving of public assistance.

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'Your Property Values Will Crumble'


In a decade, East Lake went from being predominantly white to 90% African American.

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The Suburbs: A Creation of Government Policies


In 1956, the government further enabled the middle-class movement to the suburbs.

Deteriorating Conditions with No Help in Sight


Tenants in East Lake Meadows soon find things aren't getting things fixed.

The Only Piano in the Projects


The Lightfoot brothers recall how they ended up with a piano while living in East Lake.