Two weeks before the 2016 election, there was an immediacy and urgency when Dr. David Williams, professor of public health, African and African American studies, and sociology at Harvard University, shared his research on the clear connection between race, socioeconomic status, and health at the Purpose Built Communities annual conference in Birmingham, Alabama. His work is even more relevant now in the face of public attacks from ... Read more
We are constantly and fundamentally surrounded by racism in how our systems and public institutions have been structured and operate that it can be easy to not see it. To effectively revitalize a neighborhood, we need to look through a structural lens at our political, economic, social, and cultural history in order to fully understand the meaning of racism in America and how to address it in our institutions. Glenn Harris, presid... Read more
Too many communities are failing in America. Millions of people are trapped in poverty, fighting for their American Dream. And racism is at the core of why poverty is concentrated in some neighborhoods and not others, why the American Dream can be out of reach for so many of us. We must attack the underlying discrimination baked into our system throughout America's history to help communities become places where everyone has the op... Read more
The final episode of Season One tells the story of Jamese Pinkston, who returned to the neighborhood in Charlotte where she grew up to help her neighbors have access to the opportunities to succeed and thrive that she was lucky to have. Hear her describe why she has the "best job in the world." Find out more at purposebuiltcommunities.org/podcast.
America's demographics will become majority-minority in the coming decades. One neighborhood in Houston shows how to successfully build vibrant communities of diversity - and how to bring all of those different groups together in the wake of a natural disaster. Find out more at purposebuiltcommunities.org/podcast.
Gentrification is nothing new in America. Many who stand in its path feel helpless to fight back against it. But some communities are striking the balance of revitalizing the neighborhood without pushing out its residents, bringing in new investment while preserving the history and culture of the place. Find out more at purposebuiltcommunities.org/podcast.
Equity has become a buzzword in America. Yet we're collectively falling short of the American ideal of how we should be revitalizing communities - where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their own American Dream. So, what does it look like to really lead with equity in a community? Find out more at purposebuiltcommunities.org/podcast.
Transformational revitalization can come in many different shapes and sizes. Howard Kennedy Elementary in Omaha went from a dead-end to a school that prepares its students to succeed and helped bring vibrancy and life back to the neighborhood. Find out more at purposebuiltcommunities.org/podcast.
Every child deserves to get a quality education that prepares them for the future. But every child comes from different circumstances. A public charter school in Atlanta has matched the neighborhood's unique needs and built a pipeline from the cradle through college that sets students up to thrive. Find out more at purposebuiltcommunities.org/podcast.
To address the root of intergenerational poverty, you need more than some money and good intentions. A holistic model that looks at the whole neighborhood - its housing, education, and community wellness - and a community quarterback can shift the tide. Find out more at purposebuiltcommunities.org/podcast.
How do you know if you're transforming a neighborhood out of intergenerational poverty - bringing vibrancy, energy, and life back to a community? You'll feel it. Find out more at purposebuiltcommunities.org/podcast.
Bootstraps or downward escalators. No matter which analogy you prefer, the data are clear: the neighborhood where you grow up determines how high you can reach in life. This first episode shows how history and policies segregated poverty in neighborhoods in Orlando, Florida and Raleigh, North Carolina. Find out more at purposebuiltcommunities.org/podcast.
Poverty is the neighbor of wealth in America’s cities - but it doesn’t have to be. This series will tell stories about interstates dividing communities, walking out your door and “feeling it,” both public charter schools and traditional public schools helping students and neighborhoods, the struggles of fighting against the forces of gentrification, waking up and walking with a purpose every day, and coming back full circle. Find o... Read more