Zip code should not be destiny

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Every child deserves a community where they, and their family, can thrive. Yet in our region, the most supported neighborhoods, schools and job opportunities lie concentrated in the northern and eastern corners of ATL while substandard housing, failing schools, crime and poverty often are overly concentrated in the south. As a result of long-term disinvestment, historic racism and punitive economic and social policy, the neighborhoods where these families live have been “locked out” of opportunities to both contribute to and benefit from the region’s thriving economy.

For far too many Atlantans, the zip codes where they live have dictated their destinies. It’s a consistent story that bears out in research and reality and it’s up to us to change it. Talent is everywhere, opportunity is not.

Stories in our annual report focus on work to increase opportunity in Thomasville Heights, a small, tight-knit neighborhood in the southeast corner of Atlanta with a colorful and storied past and a real hope for the future.

This story was originally shared in our 2018 Annual Report. To read the full report, click here.