Lamont Anderson embraces his 8-year-old son Lamont Jr. at the West Calumet Housing Complex where families are scrambling to find new housing after nearly 1,200 children tested positive for poisonous levels of lead. The public housing community was built on an old lead smelter site.
American industry disproportionately affects the health of low-income communities. East Chicago, Indiana — known as the country's "most industrialized municipality" during the 19th century — offers a glimpse into environmental inequities plaguing the rust belt.
Nearly 80 percent of the city is zoned for heavy industries that pollute the air, water, and soil. These industries, which once bolstered citizens’ economic futures, now threaten their existence.