Recently Noted — 1930s Redlining and Segregation Today

Segregation Didn’t Just Happen

More evidence that today’s segregated America didn’t just happen out of individual choices and preferences. The 8/24/2017 NYTimes article, “How Redlining’s Racist Effects Lasted for Decades” by Emily Badger reviewed research by economists from the Chicago Federal Reserve that demonstrate the impact of the 1930s redlining of neighborhoods by the Home Owners’ Loan Corp, a New Deal housing agency, has had long term effects of segregating people. 2 The HOLC maps are available here at the University of Richmond Digital Scholarship Lab. Look up your favorite city.

from NYTimes

Homeowners Loan Company redlining map circa 1934 - Brooklyn NY
Cambridge, MA in the center from HOLC maps

Cambridge, MA in the center from HOLC maps

Originally published at American Delusions.

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