Funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Open thread: Has Atlanta’s response to the coronavirus outbreak matched expectations? By the end of the decade, East Lake went from being predominantly white to 90% African American. In October of 1970, the Atlanta Housing Authority opened a public housing community on the edge of Atlanta called East Lake Meadows. As the Harvard sociologist Mario Small says in the film, “It’s a myth that people aren’t trying. Curbed Atlanta: Of all the public housing projects in the country, what made you really passionate about honing in on this one that’s been gone for 25 years? Residents moved in for hundreds of different reasons and created strong bonds despite the many challenges they faced. The Lakes Management Unit has been collecting water quality data on Lake County lakes since the late 1960s. Learn the history of East Lake Meadows, a former public housing community in Atlanta. LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Racial Justice, Airs Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV + Saturday, March 28 and Thursday, April 2 at Noon on KPBS 2 + PBS Video App, Credit: Courtesy of PBS / Florentine Films. East Lake Meadows Learn the history of East Lake Meadows, a former public housing community in Atlanta. So you still weren’t able to make it that way. The amenities that’s there—even the grocery store and the bank—they weren’t there before. But for a lot of people, Section 8 was great. About five years after you moved in, the heavy equipment came and started tearing the place down. Residents shared with us their stories of resilience, trauma, hard work and finding joy despite the challenging conditions.”, Lawrence and Elgin Lightfoot describe how their family ended up with a piano while living in East Lake Meadows. The landlord accepted Section 8 as well as me letting him know I was moving from East Lake Meadows housing project. Even though the buildings are gone, the East Lake Meadows community still very much exists. Built on the former practice golf course of the Atlanta Athletic Club, which had moved north as part of the white flight that was impacting Atlanta and cities around the country, East Lake Meadows quickly became home to many thousands of low-income Atlantans, mostly African American. I want a good education.’ This idea that people as a general statement want to stay in their conditions because they want to be wards of the state [is] just not consistent with the evidence.”. And yes, the enormous spread near Buckhead’s Chastain Park has its own gun range. EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, DC.Written, produced and directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon, Executive produced by Ken Burns, edited by Aljernon Tunsil, co … Stories from residents reveal hardship and resilience, and raise critical questions about race, poverty, and who is deserving of public assistance. Only about 15 percent of the former East Lake Meadows residents returned to the Villages of East Lake, while many others accepted vouchers to move into private housing elsewhere. “I had to explain to them, ‘This is it. Together, Tom, Greg, Renee, Carol, and Eva led the building of a cross-sector collaboration that laid the foundation for building a new East Lake. “East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story” is a new documentary directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon that tells the stories of former residents. The latter group included firebrand Eva Davis, the community's outspoken longtime tenant leader, whose apartment was firebombed by drug dealers in an (unsuccessful) attempt to keep her quiet. Apartment residents who live in this neighborhood are from many parts of Georgia. But a lot of people got Section 8 vouchers and I think people had mixed experiences with that. Pre-Olympics efforts in Atlanta to break up concentrations of poverty by creating mixed-income settings, often with lower-density townhomes, helped usher in the phased demolition of East Lake Meadows. Extend your viewing window with KPBS Passport, video streaming for members supporting KPBS at $60 or more yearly, using your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire or Chromecast. Since 2000, 176 different lakes have been studied and data collected on temperature, dissolved oxygen, phosphorus, nitrogen, solids, pH, alkalinity, chloride, conductivity, water clarity, the plant community and shoreline characteristics. Written, produced and directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon, Executive produced by Ken Burns, edited by Aljernon Tunsil, co-produced by Stephanie Jenkins and associate produced by Tim McAleer. Photo credit: Courtesy of PBS / Florentine Films. Top 14 events in Atlanta for ringing in the New Year. Debuting tonight, PBS documentary “East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story” was produced by Ken Burns and made by his daughter, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon. + Subscribe to our podcasts. East Lake Meadows A Public Housing Story (DVD) : Follows the transformation of a single struggling, impoverished Atlanta neighborhood over several years as community members apply a radical holistic revitalization program to improve the lives of every resident. It was a sad moment, but it was a good feeling, because you knew something good was going to come out of it. The story of East Lake is really the story of their lives.”, “East Lake Meadows, like many public housing projects across the country, was designed to house those with the greatest needs,” said producer and director David McMahon. Funding for EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. In 1970, the Atlanta Public Housing Authority opened East Lake Meadows—a sprawling, spartan complex of 650 units set among eastside hills, in what was then considered no man’s land by city officials—on the Atlanta Athletic Club’s former practice golf course. As far as when it came to the residents, the children. What East Lake represented for families, certainly at the beginning, was a really important thing, and they were happy to be there. This antebellum home was built in 1856 for his South Carolina bride, and was occupied during the American Civil War. Whether a night out with family, friends, or a date, these happenings are sure to welcome 2020 with a bang. Atlanta real estate titan Tom Cousins, who created the nonprofit East Lake Community Foundation, ultimately partnered with the AHA to develop the Villages of East Lake that stand today. There were some plans initially—or at least spoken of—that there would be a health center. She had moved years earlier from the country, from a farm. Yes. Stories from residents reveal hardship and resilience, and raise critical questions about race, poverty, and who is deserving of public assistance. “East Lake Meadows” tells the stories of more than a dozen families who lived in the community between the 1970s and its demolition in the mid-1990s, including the Lightfoot family and four generations of the family of Eva Davis, the long-time tenant leader at East Lake Meadows. East Lake Meadows, the public housing project opened by the Atlanta Housing Authority in 1970 and demolished a generation later, is the subject of a new documentary by Sarah Burns and David McMahon ("The Central Park Five," "Jackie Robinson") that tackles the impact of racism on housing while also exploring the daily lives of those who called East Lake Meadows home. Two of my older daughters actually graduated from the high school in Gwinnett. “The kids and everything, it’s just like a big party, and that’s the best thing I remember. The neighborhood we moved in was pretty nice, predominately white. The makers of “East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story” probably would not have chosen to premiere their documentary (Tuesday, on PBS) in … With the PBS Video App, you can stream your favorite and local station shows. EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, DC.Written, produced and directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon, Executive produced by Ken Burns, edited by Aljernon Tunsil, co … The history of the East Lake Meadows public housing project in Atlanta and the people who lived there from 1970 to its demolition in 2000, with special emphasis on the activism of Eva Davis asserting the rights of the tenants. WATCH: “East Lake Meadows” “East Lake Meadows” tells the stories of more than a dozen families who lived in the community between the 1970s and its demolition in the mid-1990s, including the Lightfoot family and four generations of the family of Eva Davis, the long-time tenant leader at East Lake Meadows. And we all had a shovel in our hand, and we dug up the first dirt in the ground. I think it depends on who you talk to. The PBS documentary “East Lake Meadows,” from the executive producer Ken Burns, tells a complicated and melancholy story of race and public policy. In the early 1990s East Lake, which is located five miles east of downtown Atlanta, was one of the poorest and most violent communities in the city, the anchor of which was the East Lake Meadows public housing project. “My girls wanted to put the stuff back in the trunk and go find some other place to live,” Muhammad, 53, recalled in a recent interview with Curbed Atlanta. But as public housing in America was abandoned and stigmatized, and a crack wave swept through the neighborhood, East Lake Meadows became nearly uninhabitable. East Lake Meadows A Public Housing Story (DVD) : Ken Burns presents and follows the transformation of a single struggling, impoverished Atlanta neighborhood over several years as community members apply a radical holistic revitalization program to improve the lives of every resident. On the day Muhammad’s family moved in—not more than four hours after they’d unpacked—a man was murdered during a dice game just beneath the steps leading to her second-floor apartment. East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story. Children were caught in drug-related gunfire as mother’s sheltered babies in their bathrooms to avoid bullets. You can have Section 8 vouchers and a job, but if you got, let’s say, a $5 pay raise, your voucher money just started calculating downwards. About the Film. “Until it became a nightmare.”, The apartments’ shoddy, cheap construction, lack of government funding and maintenance, and especially the crack epidemic of the 1980s took an ugly toll. White residents were told by local real estate agents, banks, and politicians that African Americans moving into their neighborhood would destroy their property values. Then there were days, like when it snowed in Atlanta, we would go out and have snowball fights. Atlanta’s 20 most expensive listings right now. We were the first black family. People could still get together in spite of them being really poor. With Henry Cisneros, Bill Clinton, William Jelani Cobb, Eva Davis. The current school system that’s over there, the YMCA is over there now. That was the day that let you know this was really happening. 1970 East Lake Meadows opens on the site of the second course of East Lake Golf Club 1971 Eva Davis founds the Tenants’ Association at East Lake Meadows 1990 Atlanta is selected to host Centennial Olympic Games in 1996, and future Atlanta Housing Authority President Renee Glover would use the upcoming games as leverage to gain funding for public housing improvement projects This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. Initially praised for the spacious units and new construction, East Lake Meadows quickly became known as “little Vietnam,” a moniker that was intended to capture the rampant crime and violence that overwhelmed the community. Shoddy construction and a lack of funding left the project and surrounding landscape in disrepair and led to a rapid decline in the quality of life. From Summerhill to Piedmont Heights, your go-to guide for picking the best neighborhood in the ATL right now. The reality is that the new community served a different [higher-income] population—even among the 50 percent of units that are public housing units. That doesn’t surprise me. The name conjured up images of the danger and violence associated with a war-torn country. Follow @PBS on Twitter. How roommates of Atlanta are coping with each other amid the coronavirus pandemic, Coronavirus lockdown is having surprisingly little impact on Atlanta air quality, stats show, Photos: Summerhill overhaul soldiers on through coronavirus pandemic. While the film looks at the many factors that contributed to the deterioration of the housing complex, it also questions the racial biases that led many to blame its residents for the conditions of the development. Learn the history of East Lake Meadows, a former public housing community in Atlanta. East Lake Meadows A Public Housing Story (DVD) : Ken Burns presents and follows the transformation of a single struggling, impoverished Atlanta neighborhood over several years as community members apply a radical holistic revitalization program to improve the lives of every resident. We don’t have the means.’ It was hard to get them to understand that, they were so young.”. East Lake Meadows A Public Housing Story (DVD) : Ken Burns presents and follows the transformation of a single struggling, impoverished Atlanta neighborhood over several years as community members apply a radical holistic revitalization program to improve the lives of every resident. I actually used it to get a three-bedroom house [in Gwinnett County’s Grayson]. East Lake Meadows, the public housing project opened by the Atlanta Housing Authority in 1970 and demolished a generation later, is the subject of a … As the film shows, however, residents — many of whom had no other place to go — continued to call it home, creating strong bonds despite the many challenges they faced. Episode guide, trailer, review, preview, cast list and where to stream it on demand, on catch up and download. More and more merchants from Oman settled in Zanzibar. But by the time I got there, the war had started dying down. Zanzibar as East Africa's slave hub. How did it feel to actively take part in your home’s demise? Tenants in East Lake Meadows can’t get things fixed; the trash doesn’t get picked up, the grass doesn’t get cut, and raw sewage seeps into houses and playgrounds from open pits. East Lake Meadows A Public Housing Story (DVD) : Ken Burns presents and follows the transformation of a single struggling, impoverished Atlanta neighborhood over several years as community members apply a radical holistic revitalization program to improve the lives of every resident. Watch Now. Welcome to Lake Meadows Senior Assisted Living. Over the next 25 years, many thousands of low-income Atlantans, mostly African-American, would call it home. What do you think when you look around the area now? The documentary “East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story” airs Tuesday March 24 at 8 p.m. on both GPB and PBA locally. It was very isolated at the time. East Lake Meadows: A Social Cinema Screening - What are some of the technology trends we are keeping our eyes on?And how might this technology affect brands and communications in the near and far future?What are we looking forward to? Stories from residents reveal hardship and resilience, and raise critical questions about race, poverty, and who is deserving of public assistance. East Lake Meadows is a smaller section of town made up of several city blocks. Tenants in East Lake Meadows can’t get things fixed; the trash doesn’t get picked up, the grass doesn’t get cut, and raw sewage seeps into houses and playgrounds from open pits. We definitely see those effects everywhere. “But the story reflects the racial bias that allowed society to neglect the housing and the community, and then blame the residents for the poor conditions that arose from that disinvestment. But as public housing in America was abandoned and stigmatized, and a crack wave swept through the neighborhood, East Lake Meadows became nearly uninhabitable. It’s an amazing community. “But the story reflects the racial bias that allowed society to neglect the housing and the community, and then blame the residents for the poor conditions that arose from that disinvestment. At that time, it was a battlefield out there. Stories from residents reveal hardship and resilience, and raise critical questions about race, poverty, and who is deserving of public assistance. But as public housing … Later she asked me if I’d run for vice president of the resident’s association, and I told her, “Yes, I’d be honored.” From that day forward, we worked on the redevelopment plan. East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story. And it was put there on purpose, on the edge of the city, because it was a place where nobody wanted to be, far away, and they could kind of ignore what the conditions were. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. And that just compounds the issue: The services that are meant to keep it safe. Letterboxd is an independent service created by a small team, and we rely mostly on the support of our members to maintain our site and apps. Tenants in East Lake Meadows can’t get things fixed; the trash doesn’t get picked up, the grass doesn’t get cut, and raw sewage seeps into houses and playgrounds from open pits. You get really high-quality schools in a low-income neighborhood, and you’re going to see kids one after the other saying, ‘I want to go to college. Though East Lake has seen a radical transformation, the new mixed-income community no longer serves the same community that once called it home. And I think it raises really big questions about who gets to live in cities. Acrobat Reader. The Atlanta Housing Authority didn’t very carefully track where everyone went. 7:30 p.m. Want more KPBS news?Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters. Greg would join Carol in leading the East Lake collaborative on the ground, where they met Eva Davis, President of the East Lake Meadows Resident Association, an advocate for the families of East Lake. Those were the good times we had. And then Davis, she really worked hard to keep that place as safe as possible, even putting herself and her family in danger. Keep up with all the latest news, arts and culture, and TV highlights from KPBS. Viewers are encouraged to join the conversation: #EastLakePBS. Rilene and Chasity Dixon clean up the lawn in front of their East Lake Meadows apartment. “We always thought of this as not just telling the story of East Lake Meadows, and the residents’ stories, but as something a lot of people can relate to,” said Burns, who’s based with her husband in Brooklyn. East Lake Meadows, outside the heart of downtown Atlanta, was one of the final public housing projects developed in Atlanta, and it was shoddily built. Below are Q&As, condensed for space and clarity, with filmmaker Sarah Burns and Muhammad, the young mother who witnessed the worst of East Lake Meadows but was sorry, in a way, to see it fall. A production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C. One interview subject vividly recalls watching, as a boy, a gunshot victim’s last long breaths. 'East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story' (PBS) Sarah Burns explained to NPR why East Lake Meadows was particularly chosen: “They put [East Lake Meadows] there both because that was cheap land to use, but also because it was on the edge of the city. At first, many considered the heated, relatively spacious units as heavenly, relative to where they’d come from. Brief animated sequences from Molly Schwartz help alleviate some of the inherent dryness of East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story and the film's actual footage is a … Newsom Announces First Case Of New COVID-19 Variant In Southern California, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber Talks Priorities As California Secretary Of State, Port Of San Diego Selects Joe Stuyvesant As Next President And CEO, New Year's Eve With The San Diego Symphony, NATURE: Cold Warriors: Wolves And Buffalo, Live Blog: California Announces First Case Of Virus Variant, 1st Winter Storm To Bring Rain, Snow To Southern California, San Diego Police Practice Their People Skills On Social Media With Help From Consultant, San Diego County Reports 3,132 New COVID-19 Infections, No New Deaths, Pacific Storm Brings Rain, Snow And High Surf To San Diego County, KPBS Financial East Lake Meadows A Public Housing Story (DVD) : Follows the transformation of a single struggling, impoverished Atlanta neighborhood over several years as community members apply a radical holistic revitalization program to improve the lives of every resident. I’ll just say it like that. You didn’t always see the violence going on, the drug deals going on. One of the subjects interviewed mentions the community being a heaven before it became a nightmare. Funding for EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. In 1970, the Atlanta Public Housing Authority opened East Lake Meadows—a sprawling, spartan complex of 650 units set among eastside hills, … Right away, there were problems, and that only increased as failures to maintain it became more and more of a problem, and funding just continued to evaporate, and you see the services originally intended to be put in place around it never materialized. Stories from residents reveal hardship and resilience, and raise critical questions about race, poverty, and who is deserving of public assistance. I’d venture to say most Atlantans, at least today, aren’t aware there was ever a “heaven” phase at East Lake Meadows. Through the stories of the former residents, East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story gives voice to some of the most marginalized people in our society and raises critical questions about how we have created concentrated poverty and limited housing opportunity for African Americans, and what responsibility we have as a people to ensure decent housing for our most vulnerable citizens. This is why it’s important to understand people’s stories. The apartments were going away. 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