#avlfclassdivide: Affordable Housing and Education

Over 300 people joined AVLF Tuesday, September 19, for a screening of the documentary Class Divide and a thought-provoking discussion about how gentrification and affordable housing in Atlanta affect children’s ability to learn. 

We were joined by affordable housing advocate and BeltLine founder Ryan Gravel and Atlanta Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen. They both spoke passionately about the problems facing our neighborhoods and how those issues impact students, parents, and by extension, entire communities. 

Class Divide is an intimate portrait of the widening divide between the “haves” and “have nots” in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The social and income inequality between those living in the Elliott-Chelsea public-housing projects and those who are new to the neighborhood has been fueled in large part by the development of the High Line. 

Check out what people had to say about the film and discussion below. 

Want more of this conversation? Check out #avlfclassdivide on Twitter, and let us know your thoughts about these important issues. 

If you would like to know how you can get more involved, take a moment to check out our resource guide. We will continue to update this guide, so feel free to email us if there is something we missed. 

We are grateful to event sponsors Taylor English and Daily Report, without whom the evening would not have been possible.

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