The Wall Street Journal: The Pandemic Hit Cities Hard, but Especially Washington, D.C.

The Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2021, The Pandemic Hit Cities Hard, But Especially Washington, D.C.

With the federal government signaling that remote-work is here to stay, Washington D.C, is left to grapple with the outflow of workers who are leaving in pursuit of cheaper accommodation. Sky-high housing prices have already pushed out local residents over the years – especially Black families – as landlords sold sought to make a profit by selling off their properties to either developers or white residents, said Jason Richardson, Director of Research at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

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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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