East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story Virtual Screening & Chat

East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story Virtual Screening & Chat

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Eva Davis leans against a telephone pole, the buildings of of East Lake Meadows appear behind her. Atlanta, GA. September 8, 1986. Use restricted after June 3, 2020.

Join WXXI for a virtual screening and discussion of East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story, a documentary that tackles the impact of racism on public housing on June 3 at 7 p.m.

The virtual screening will show clips from the program that tells the story of public housing policy from the depression era through recent times. The virtual screening will be followed by a chat with special guests Dana Miller, Deputy Commissioner, Neighborhood and Business Development for the City of Rochester and Lia Anselm, Senior Community Housing Planner for the City of Rochester to discuss parellels in Rochester historically and where we are now. 

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required to receive screening log-in information. Once registered, participants will receive an email confirmation, followed by a reminder email 2 days prior to the event with screening information.

Register here for the June 3rd 7pm Virtual Screening.

Re-Air of the Full Documentary: Tune in for the full documentary will re-air on June 10th at 3pm on WXXI-TV. 

Explore PBS LearningMedia Resources on Redlining and Stereotypes in the East Lake Meadows Collection

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 that tackles the impact of racism on housing while also exploring the daily lives of those who called East Lake Meadows home. 


Watch the Trailer:

More about the film:
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. The film documents the tremendous hardships faced by East Lake families; the lack of access to grocery stores and fresh produce; the impact of devastating unemployment and poverty; conditions that included mold, leaky pipes, and collapsing walls and ceilings; and the seemingly ubiquitous presence of crime, drugs and guns. It also follows the births of children, celebration of holidays, daily activities in schools and the ways in which residents were “making a way out of no way.” East Lake Meadow will makes its television debut on WXXI-TV on Tuesday, March 24 at 8 p.m. 

East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.

Special thanks to our local partners: 


Thanks to community partners for their input Marie Furgiuele, Executive Director from Community Design Center Rochester (CDCR) and Lomax R. Campbell, Director, Mayor's Office of Community Wealth Building. Celebrate City Living, CDCR, Partners Ending Homelessness.