Atlanta’s East Lake Experiment — Mixed Housing. Success Or Failure?

young students in a classroom
East Lake's redevelopment includes this new public charter school, which is open to children and youth in the neighbourhood. Students, Black and non-Black, have high scores in comparative testing.

Mixed income communities have been the clarion call of progressive city planners trying to harness the income and influence of wealthier neighbours in the downtown ‘hood, without driving out neighbourhood citizens who cannot handle the change, either economically or socially.

Powered by the bylaws that attempt to mandate them with varied success, mixed income communities have been around for many years now, side by side with an uncritical planning acceptance that assumes they work.

But do they? The following post evaluates one early experiment by the numbers. Read more at AXIOS AtlantaAtlanta’s East Lake experiment: 25-plus years later