Redlining: How racial discrimination hobbled Black homeownership in Buffalo

By Charlie Specht , Sean Mickey

Read the full article from WKBW Buffalo, here.

But this stark disparity did not happen organically. If it seems that people looked at a map and drew lines down Main Street dividing the “haves” from the “have nots,” it’s because they did.

Maps drawn in 1937 for the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation — a federal government agency — were used by the mortgage industry for decades to deny mortgages in areas where poor people and residents of color lived, a practice known as “redlining.”

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