Federal Neighborhood Redlining Map, 2022
24" x 36" giclee print by Laurie Frick. Limited edition of 50.
Signed by the artist. Sold unframed.
This poster is available at cost for educational purposes.
Patterns of locations, and the rhythm of a street map. None more consequential than the "redlining" map produced by the Federal Housing Authority for which neighborhoods saw civic investments and mortgage lending support. Austin’s redlining map from 1934, hand-drawn on our current street map ripples thru time even today.
TEXAS APPLESEED'S STATEMENT
Justice Starts at Home
Lasting Impacts of Racist Redlining Schemes
The "redlining" maps are a visual representation of racism. The Federal Housing Administration explicitly classified neighborhoods based on the race and ethnicity of the people who lived there, and these racial boundaries were enforced and reinforced by policies like public and private lending discrimination and industrial zoning in communities of color, policies that continue today. Comparing a 1934 map that intentionally discriminated on the basis of race with a contemporary map of the same area makes the structural racism that underlies “race-neutral” policies visible.
Segregation and concentrated disadvantage are the products of deliberate governmental policy decisions at the local, state, and federal levels, both in the past and today. Given that these societal structures were created and reinforced through governmental policy, Texas Appleseed sees the promise of dismantling these inequities in the same means, through law and policy change. Through litigation, administrative complaints, working with communities, and other efforts, Texas Appleseed strives to ensure all Texans can reach their full potential. Equality is attainable, and we must push forward to gain it.