NextCity, March 29, 2018: Mapping 80 years of segregation in U.S. cities
It’s no secret that redlining shaped the economic and racial disparities on display in U.S. cities today. But the extent to which the notorious red “hazardous” zones — the source of the term “redlining” — depicted by Home Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC) maps in the 1930s overlap with current neighborhood-level economic and racial data is still arresting. In fact, three out of four neighborhoods marked in red on the federal agency’s maps 80 years ago are still struggling economically, according to a new study from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC).
In the words of Jason Richardson, Director of Research at NCRC: “It’s as if time stood still in some of these places, locking people into neighborhoods of concentrated poverty.”