Does this big idea to have low-income and higher income people living side-by-side really make a community better, safer, healthier? As season one The Promise comes to a close, we dig into the fundamental question driving this massive overhaul of Nashville’s public housing.
The city’s housing agency is betting on mixed income, big time. But its only attempts have been on a much smaller scale than what’s envisioned for the James Cayce Homes. We explore one particular attempt, at a housing complex nearby known as John Henry Hale. And what we find reveals that building pretty homes, and putting people side-by-side doesn’t necessarily produce a flourishing community.
The Insider, Black Ant, and James Pants, all found through the Free Music Archive
Writing and reporting: Meribah Knight
Editing: Blake Farmer, Anita Bugg. With additional help from Tony Gonzalez
Sound Design: Tony Gonzalez