Roads&Bridges: U.S. DOT Interactive Map Encourages Investment In Underserved Communities

Roads&Bridges, January 7, 2020: U.S. DOT Interactive Map Encourages Investment In Underserved Communities

The U.S. DOT has launched a new interactive map designed to highlight federal investment in major infrastructure projects located in and around underserved rural and urban communities.

The detailed information about vital infrastructure resources located in and near these areas—dubbed “opportunity zones”—is intended to encourage further economic investment.

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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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