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MDJ Online: What Will it Take to Replace the Tens of Thousands of Trees Cut Down in Wichita?

MDJ Online, April 17, 2022, What will it take to replace the tens of thousands of trees cut down in Wichita?

Wichita was recently identified by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition as one of the three most “redlined” cities in the nation in the 1930s, with nearly 64% of its neighborhoods graded as “hazardous” by the federal Home Owners’ Loan Corp. Such redlining made it more difficult for neighborhood residents — largely racial or ethnic minorities —to get a home loan and contributed to generational poverty.

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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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