53206 is the poorest zipcode in the state of Wisconsin. 99.2% of residents are non-white and the median household income is $24,000. Meg and Alex talk about what they have learned over the last 14 years from living in a place that is very different than the suburbs they grew up in. Each episode typically covers thoughts on education, social justice, and the normalization of inequities they see on a daily basis.
A Couple Of Thoughts On MLK Day
Meg and Alex are back talking about a couple of quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. and some of the parallels from the early 1960's and life in a poor almost all black neighborhood today. While a lot has changed in the last almost 60 years, there are still steps needed to put things back to how they should be.
Taking Your Baby To A Drug Deal
Meg and Alex sit down and share a big announcement on this episode of the 53206 Cast. Plus the duo talk through an interesting multi-generational drug deal and how the cycle of poverty is many times unintentionally perpetuated through educational structures.
The Gift Drive
On this episode of the 53206 Cast, Meg and Alex talk about a couple of observations from the recent holiday gift drive at the community garden.
Anxiety And The Inner City
Meg and Alex spend some time talking about one of the unintended consequences of living in the inner city, anxiety. A low grade anxiety tends to hover around the their neighborhood and the two try to put some words around what they and a lot of other residents of their neighborhood regularly feel.
Airport Hotels and Garlic Bread Factories
Meg and Alex are back in the sitting room talking about the flow of money in and out of a neighborhood and how small business investment, both by business owners and patrons from outside of the immediate area can make tangible positive changes in a community.
My Friends Don't Go There
On this episode of the 53206 Cast Meg and Alex continue talking through Reddit comments around the question - what is the public perception around 53206 or inner cities in general? The duo tackles the concept of avoiding certain areas and the cyclically detrimental effects that can have on a neighborhood.