Racial Covenants

A view of the Cross Bronx Expressway, an elevated highway that allows cars to drive past apartment buildings.

The Case for Urban Highway Removal

Instead of removing urban freeways, which have proven to be destructive to communities and economies—in some cases deliberately so—many cities are expanding freeways in and around cities.

September 12, 2022 - The New York Times

A road sign reads "Welcome to City of Wheat Ridge Buckle Up and Drive Safely"

Denver Suburb Points Spotlight at Racial Covenants

A symbolic, but necessary, action.

August 10, 2022 - Thee Dever Post

Twin Cities

Mapping Injustice Project Receives Grant to Fight Housing Inequality

A 'transformative' grant will help a University of Minnesota think tank foster conversations to address structural housing inequality in Minneapolis.

December 30, 2021 - Continuum

Cabrini-Green facade

Candyman's Real Horror: American Public Housing Policy

The new film, set in one of America's most notorious public housing projects, highlights the failure of affordable housing policy and its impact on Black communities.

September 19, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Exclusionary covenant

New Mexico Communities Reflect on Racial Restrictive Covenants

Explicitly racist and exclusionary language remains embedded in many communities' restrictive covenants. State legislators and local leaders want to change that.

March 23, 2021 - High Country News

Twin Cities

Advocates Push for Policy Reform to Overcome History of Discriminatory Deed Covenants

The debate about police reform in Minneapolis is only one arena for the city's reckoning with systemic racism.

June 11, 2020 - Next City


Anchorage Confronts History of Housing Discrimination

Urban growth in Anchorage was tied to restrictive covenants forbidding the sale of property to minorities.

March 12, 2020 - KTOO


Mapping Housing Discrimination in Charlottesville

Like many American cities, the site of white supremacist unrest in 2017 has a long history of residential discrimination by race. This mapping project seeks to uncover the roots of today's disparities.

December 30, 2019 - Next City

Los Angeles in 1939, as determined by the  Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC).

Housing Inequality the Leading Cause of Wealth Inequality

New research and mapping projects reveal how the deeply embedded racism of planning and housing policies of the past are connected to the growing wealth gap of the present.

June 4, 2019 - Data-Smart City Solutions

Planning Commission in World's Fair office, 1958

Seattle Exhibit Grapples With Redlining Past and Present

A creative exhibit highlights how redlining and racist exclusion persist today.

March 26, 2019 - Curbed Seattle

Seattle Neighborhood

Taking Action Against Racial Covenants in Washington Property Deeds

Covenants restricting ownership to white people are not uncommon in old Seattle-area property deeds. Homeowners can now put in requests to legally strike the offensive language.

January 15, 2019 - The Seattle Times

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