SEASON 2, EPISODE 1

Streetlights

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, president of Race Forward, led a session about racial equity in 2015 at the Purpose Built Communities annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 2

Racism Exacts a Cost

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 our leaders and those emboldened by racist rhetoric on communities of color and immigrants in our country.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 3

Personal Relationship with Race

Institutional racism does not just impact people who are old enough to vote and have a job. It's a lifelong reality from birth to death, and it's taught, reinforced and perpetuated when our students are in America's classrooms.

Dr. Beverly Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College and bestselling author, talked with the Purpose Built Communities' Michelle Matthews in Omaha in 2017 about how people of different ages discuss race - starting as students in the classroom - and how a deeper understanding and a servant approach to the discussion can help break down the barriers of segregation.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 4

Locking Up Human Capital

More Americans are sent to jail than ever before in human history. Most of them are young, African American men living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty. Mass incarceration devastates the communities where it has removed a generation of residents, with long-term impacts for generations.

Dr. Todd Clear, professor at Rutgers University's School of Criminal Justice, presented to the Purpose Built Communities annual conference in Orlando in 2018 about how over-incarceration impoverishes communities, hurts our country, and ultimately fails to achieve its original goal - to deter criinal behavior and lower the overall crime rate.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 5

Strength Through Diversity

There's an opportunity cost to separating and segregating people: we're not getting the best ideas, the creativity, the innovation out of discriminated communities that can lift up those neighborhoods and our country. Diversity brings out the best in people.

Dr. Katherine Phillips, professor of organizational behavior at Columbia Business School, told Purpose Built Communities' annual conference in Omaha in 2017 that, to understand the value of diversity and use it to learn and innovate more effectively, we need to start by making small changes in ourselves.

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 1

A Tale of Two Cities

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.

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Season 1, Episode 2

It Takes a Village

To address the root of intergenerational poverty, you need more than some money and good intentions. A holistic model that looks at the neighborhood as a whole – its housing, education, and community wellness - and a community quarterback can shift the tide.

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Season 1, Episode 3

I Walk Out My Door and I Feel It

How do you know if you’re transforming a neighborhood out of intergenerational poverty, bringing vibrancy and energy and life back to a community? You’ll feel it, just like Othello Meadows did in Omaha.

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 4

You Can’t Expect a School to Outperform its Neighborhood

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 to college that sets students up to thrive.

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 5

Think Big, Start Small

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.

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 6

People. Place. Equity.

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?

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Season 1, Episode 7

A Community of Choice

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.

Audio Credit: Newscast audio from NJTV News.

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Season 1, Episode 8

Walking with a Purpose

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.

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Season 1, Episode 9

Full Circle

The final episode of Season One tells the story of Jamese Pinkston, who returned to the neighborhood where she was born and raised in Charlotte 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.”

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