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Redlining Louisville: Racial Capitalism and Real Estate

What is the relationship between racism and real estate? The association is shaped, in part, by redlining, "the practice of denying loans in certain neighborhoods because of socioeconomic characteristics rather than physical, design, or structural characteristics." Inspired by his time as an urban planning graduate student at the University of Louisville, Joshua Poe created this story map to explore redlining's impact in Louisville, Kentucky. He relied on historical data from Home Owner's Loan Corporation (HOLC) maps and 2010 Census data to craft the project. The About and Timeline tabs provide useful background information before diving into the data. As the About section explains, housing values were based largely on the racial and socioeconomic makeup of a neighborhood, leading to "systemic devaluation and disinvestment," in majority-minority communities. The resulting housing segregation is made visible by this project's sub-sections. Several points of comparison (including race and socioeconomic status) are highlighted at the top of the page, and the menu button in the right-corner provides other sorting options (e.g. "Compare Property Values" and "Compare Zoning"). Additionally, the map key (found in the pop-up box in the left-hand corner) will help users understand the data.
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Date of Scout Publication
October 2nd, 2020
Date Of Record Creation
September 16th, 2020 at 10:55am
Date Of Record Release
September 30th, 2020 at 8:50am
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