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My neighborhood was redlined — was yours?
by Steven Vance

I live in the “D10” area, which includes parts of Humboldt Park, Logan Square, and Bucktown. The area was surveyed and graded by consultants to the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC).

Chicago Cityscape has added Great Depression-era home loan security maps to its vast database of Places. The Chicago-area maps were drawn in 1939 and 1940, and, like the maps drawn in the rest of the country, were color coded to indicate lending risk based on housing characteristics as well as racial and nationality characteristics. Maps were created for 239 cities — all American cities with 40,000 population or greater.

These maps are popularly known today as “redlining maps” because of the red lines that delineated areas that one...

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