A masterful narrativewith echoes of Evicted and The Color of Lawthat brings to life the structures, policies, and beliefs that divide us
Mark Lange and Nicole Smith have never met, but if they make the moves they are contemplatingMark, a white suburbanite, to West Baltimore, and Nicole, a black woman from a poor city neighborhood, to a prosperous suburbit will defy the way the Baltimore region has been programmed for a century. It is one region, but separate worlds. And it was designed to be that way.
In this deeply reported, revelatory story, duPont Award–winning journalist Lawrence Lanahan chronicles how the region became so highly segregated and why its fault lines persist today. Mark and Nicole personify the enormous disparities in access to safe housing, educational opportunities, and decent jobs. As they eventually pack up their lives and change places, bold advocates and activistsin the courts and in the streetsstruggle to figure out what it will take to save our cities and communities: Put money into poor, segregated neighborhoods? Make it possible for families to move into areas with more opportunity?
The Lines Between Us is a riveting narrative that compels reflection on America's entrenched inequalityand on where the rubber meets the road not in the abstract, but in our own backyards. Taking readers from church sermons to community meetings to public hearings to protests to the Supreme Court to the death of Freddie Gray, Lanahan deftly exposes the intricacy of Baltimore's hypersegregation through the stories of ordinary people living it, shaping it, and fighting it, day in and day out.
This eye-opening account of how a city creates its black and white places, its rich and poor spaces, reveals that these problems are not intractable; but they are designed to endure until each of usdespite living in separate worldsunderstands we have something at stake.
|Publisher:||New Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
Walter Dixon is a media veteran with over twenty years of experience. Having a strong theatre and performing arts background, he has voiced numerous commercials and animated characters. He has recently become a full-time narrator and has recorded more than fifty audiobooks in a range of genres including religion, politics, and children's stories.
Table of Contents
1 One Region, Two Worlds 11
2 In Search of Home 71
3 Crossing the Lines 101
4 One Region, New Worlds 139
5 Spring 2015 203
6 If Not Now, When? 229
Selected Bibliography 383