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Capital Analytics Associates: Revitalizing investment in overlooked Philadelphia communities through neighborhood-focused development

Capital Analytics Associates, August 16, 2022, Revitalizing investment in overlooked Philadelphia communities through neighborhood-focused development

According to a new study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Philadelphia was among the Top 20 most gentrified cities before the pandemic. However, studies from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia have found that gentrification is not necessarily harmful for the original residents.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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