WCNY will co-host a screening of the new documentary, Ken Burns Presents—East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story.
Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion on the future of Syracuse public housing developments near I-81, with guest speakers Vince Love, the CEO of Blueprint 15; William Simmons, the Executive Director of the Syracuse Housing Authority; Professor Gretchen Purser from Syracuse University; and local public housing representatives. East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story is made possible through grant funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, and public television viewers. Nina Moore, Professor of Political Science; Chair, Department of Political Science at Colgate University, will serve as the moderator for the panel discussion following the preview of the documentary, East Lake Meadows. She is also a regular panelist on WCNY’s award-winning weekly public affairs show, Ivory Tower.
Ken Burns Presents—East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story Meadows traces the history of public housing in Atlanta, Ga. In 1970, East Lake Meadows was constructed as the home for thousands of low-income Atlantans. However, when a wave of drugs swept through low-income communities across the nation, this neighborhood was abandoned. In the mid-1990s, Atlanta bulldozed the housing project to build new, mixed-income housing. Told through the stories of former residents, this film voices the experiences of marginalized communities, questions the poverty crisis, and discusses how we can better provide housing options for low-income and African American communities.