August 11, 2015 How Much Did Redlining Matter?
I just saw the 1930s federal “redlining” map of St. Louis. I would have thought that this map roughly corresponded to the social map of today’s St. Louis: that is, most of the city’s poor areas would be redlined. In fairness, it does seem that most redlined areas are still tough areas today- but the reverse is not the case. Only a small portion of today’s tough areas were redlined then, as decay spread far beyond the small redlined zones north and south of downtown.