Atlanta’s East Lake Meadows public housing project first opened its doors to Atlanta’s low-income residents in 1970. By the end of the century, it was being completely demolished. The complex, once known as “Little Vietnam” for its violence and crime, was troubled from the outset by disinvestment, white flight, and concentrated poverty — and was also home to dozens of children and families striving to build a better life.
The nuanced policies and personal stories behind the notorious Atlanta housing project are the subject of a documentary airing on PBS, East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story. The film airs on PBS on Tuesday, Mar. 24 at 8 p.m.