Lawrence Lanahan

Lawrence Lanahan

Lawrence Lanahan is the author of The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide (The New Press). His year-long WYPR series on regional inequality, also called “The Lines Between Us,” won a Columbia University-Alfred I. duPont award.

photo: The demolition by implosion of Lafayette Courts

The Legacy of a Landmark Case for Housing Mobility

In 1995, the ACLU sued HUD on behalf of public housing tenants in Baltimore. The question Thompson v. HUD addressed remains urgent: Who gets to live where?

Notes From a Firebombing

A deadly arson in Baltimore raises a difficult question: Why can’t cities both house the poor and keep them safe?