This is Community

More than 43 million Americans live in neighborhoods stuck in intergenerational poverty - but the American Dream is in the hearts of Americans in every zip code.

About the show

Too many Americans live in neighborhoods stuck in intergenerational poverty - but the American Dream is in the hearts of Americans in every zip code.

Purpose Built Communities, a network of nonprofits leveraging a holistic model for transformational neighborhood revitalization, shows how to break the cycles of poverty and create vibrant communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.


  • Episode 13: S2 Ep. 2: Racism Exacts a Cost

    June 18th, 2019  |  58 mins 12 secs

    Dr. David Williams on Racism and Health

  • Episode 12: S2 Ep. 1: Streetlights

    June 11th, 2019  |  56 mins 12 secs

    Glenn Harris on Institutional Racism in America

  • Episode 11: S2 Trailer | Coming June 11

    June 4th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  3 mins 3 secs

    Too many communities are failing in America. Millions of people are trapped in poverty, fighting for their American Dream. And racism is at the core of why poverty is concentrated in some neighborhoods and not others, why the American Dream can be out...

  • Episode 10: S1 Ep. 9: Full Circle

    December 11th, 2018  |  15 mins 40 secs

    The final episode of Season One tells the story of Jamese Pinkston, who returned to the neighborhood in Charlotte where she grew up to help her neighbors have access to the opportunities to succeed and thrive that she was lucky to have. Hear her...

  • Episode 9: S1 Ep. 8: Walking with a Purpose

    December 4th, 2018  |  13 mins 42 secs

    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...

  • Episode 8: S1 Ep. 7: A Community of Choice

    November 27th, 2018  |  14 mins 42 secs

    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...

  • Episode 7: S1 Ep. 6: People. Place. Equity.

    November 20th, 2018  |  13 mins 54 secs

    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...

  • Episode 6: S1 Ep. 5: Think Big, Start Small

    November 13th, 2018  |  20 mins 10 secs

    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. Find...

  • Episode 5: S1 Ep. 4: You Can't Expect a School to Outperform its Neighborhood

    November 6th, 2018  |  29 mins 48 secs

    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...

  • Episode 2: S1 Ep. 3: I Walk Out My Door and I Feel It

    October 23rd, 2018  |  9 mins 58 secs

    How do you know if you're transforming a neighborhood out of intergenerational poverty - bringing vibrancy, energy, and life back to a community? You'll feel it.    Find out more at

  • Episode 4: S1 Ep. 1: A Tale of Two Cities

    October 23rd, 2018  |  18 mins 58 secs

    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...

  • Episode 3: S1 Ep. 2: It Takes a Village

    October 23rd, 2018  |  13 mins 48 secs

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

  • Episode 1: S1 Trailer | Coming Oct. 23

    October 12th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  2 mins 44 secs

    Poverty is the neighbor of wealth in America’s cities - but it doesn’t have to be. This series will tell stories about interstates dividing communities, walking out your door and “feeling it,” both public charter schools and traditional public...