York Daily Record, September 4, 2019: Redlining in York: How government policies kept African Americans poor and segregated
Like most Southern blacks who moved north of the Mason-Dixon Line in those days, the Grimes family came to York in search of a better life, and the likelihood of settling in a tiny house on an alley was part of that journey. They hoped to build from there.
They probably did not know that multiple levels of government were working to keep them in the alley.
National Community Reinvestment Coalition says that redlining buttressed the segregated nature of cities.
“Most of the neighborhoods (74%) that the HOLC graded as high-risk or ‘Hazardous’ eight decades ago are low-to-moderate income (LMI) today,” the group’s website states. “Additionally, most of the HOLC graded ‘Hazardous’ areas (nearly 64%) are minority neighborhoods now.”