The practice of redlining has had lasting implications on Atlanta neighborhoods and the people who live in them. We will explore how this practice from the 1930s, that used Census data about race and class to determine the perceived desirability of a neighborhood, continues to replicate patterns of segregation, inequity, and housing insecurity in our communities today.
October Events and Resources on Redlining
Educational Social Media Images Part 1
For the month of October, we're continuing our collaborative series, Context, and exploring how redlining, a discriminatory 1930s practice which graded neighborhoods based on race and class to determine their desirability for home loans, continues to have an impact on our community today.
In these images you can learn more about the origination of redlining, view a map of the (then) city limits of Atlanta and how each neighborhood was graded, as well as, how the neighborhoods around Georgia Tech were marked.
It’s important to note that redlining isn’t the first or only time that neighborhoods in Atlanta were intentionally racially codified or segregated. In 1913, Fourth Ward Councilperson, Claude L. Ashley, created an ordinance, known as the Ashley Ordinance, with the city council to actively segregate neighborhoods, and there have been a number of policies and practices since then that have continued to shape our community and impact our citizens. Check out the @archiveatlanta podcast to learn more about the Ashley Ordinance.
Educational social media images part 2 (information about guest speaker)
Mapping Context: The Legacy of Redlining in Atlanta. Oct 23 @ 1PM EDT
Join the Inclusion, Advocacy and Support Programs for a conversation about the legacy of redlining in Atlanta. We'll be talking with Dr. Todd Michney, Assistant Professor in the School of History and Sociology. Dr. Michney teaches a Serve-Learn-Sustain-affiliated course, “Semester in the City: Engaging Communities,” which involves partnering with organizations including the Historic Westside Cultural Arts Council, Emerald Corridor Foundation, and Grove Park Foundation. His current research interests include black building tradesmen and the extent of African American access to New Deal mortgage supports. We'll be asking him about how neighborhoods in Atlanta were graded, who did the grading, and how we still see the effects of redlining in Atlanta today.