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The Villages of East Lake, Atlanta, Georgia

Written by Jeni Miller on October 11, 2017

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Tipping Point: Deep, Neighborhood-Scale Transformation Creates Lasting Change

Of the East Lake Meadows public housing project before revitalization, says Carol Naughton of Purpose Built Communities, “the only thing that was working was the drug trade.” Frequently called “Little Vietnam” – as in, a war zone — the Atlanta neighborhood grappled with extreme poverty, violent crime, abysmal educational outcomes and high unemployment. The poorly built, 40-year-old public housing was in severe disrepair. For kids, East Lake Meadows functioned mostly as a pipeline into the Georgia penal system.

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Jeni Miller

Jeni Miller is a Senior Research Associate at the Build Healthy Places Network.