April What We Are Reading

What we are reading …

Blighted by Margaret StagmeierBlighted by Margaret Stagmeier

A powerful narrative about the decades-long decay and remarkable two-year reinvention of Summerdale, an aging apartment community located in one of Atlanta’s grittiest corridors. From burnt-out, mold-infested buildings to traumatized classrooms, Blighted unfolds in the voices of ruthless drug dealers, phantom tenants, fearless landlords, the working poor, educators, and visionary local leaders. Blighted offers a unique insider perspective of the political, human, and economic challenges of delivering equitable housing in a market fueled by inflationary prices, insatiable demand, and competing and often dubious agendas. Summerdale’s success is a bright model of how affordable housing, education, healthcare, and social capital can interconnect to build vibrant, sustainable communities ― affordable housing communities, nearby schools, and the community at large. From there, kids, families, working people, and neighborhoods can thrive.

The Color of Law by Richard RothsteinThe Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

The Color of Law documents that racial residential segregation — the fact that some neighborhoods are almost exclusively African American while others are almost exclusively white — is the result of explicit government policy rather than personal choice and random chance. From the conclusion of the Civil War through to the present day, federal, state, and local governments have enacted laws to confine African Americans to particular areas and prevent them from moving into others. These policies have had a profound and lasting impact on African Americans, affecting their educational and job opportunities, economic well-being, and physical health.