East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story
Tuesday, March 24, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, March 25, at 1 a.m. and Sunday, March 29, at noon
Also airs on Fusion on Wednesday, March 25, at 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m.
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. It tackles the impact of racism on housing while also exploring the daily lives of those who called East Lake Meadows home.
Initially praised for the spacious units and new construction, East Lake Meadows suffered from shoddy construction and a lack of funding. Quickly, the project and surrounding landscape fell into disrepair, leading to a rapid decline in the quality of life.
As the film shows, however, residents continued to call it home, creating strong bonds despite the many challenges that they faced.