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'

00:58

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

01:00

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

Deteriorating Conditions with No Help in Sight

03:57

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

The Only Piano in the Projects

03:14

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