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Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - Editorial Page -

From the for­ward to “Can We Learn and Live To­gether?” — a new re­port by the Rich­mond School of Pro­fes­sional and Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies, Hous­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties Made Equal, and the VCU School of Ed­u­ca­tion:

From the late 1930s through the early 1960s, one of the ma­jor driv­ers of seg­re­gated neigh­bor­hoods was none other than the fed­eral gov­ern­ment it­self. Ur­ban plan­ners be­came their ac­com­plices. Mort­gage dis­crim­i­na­tion, place­ment of pub­lic hous­ing, Fed­eral Hous­ing Au­thor­ity (FHA) poli­cies, high­way con­struc­tion, ur­ban re­newal projects, and lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment led to the dec­i­ma­tion of Rich­mond’s black neigh­bor­hoods. Red-lin­ing, a per­va­sive form of gov­ern­ment mort­gage dis­crim­i­na­tion, starved African-Amer­i­cans of in­vest­ment, which in turn caused their neigh­bor­hoods to fall into dis­re­pair. When that hap­pened, pri­vate in­vestors then cited de­te­ri­o­ra­tion as a rea­son for deny­ing loans for new hous­ing or for the re­pair of older hous­ing.... Pub­lic funds were tapped and chan­neled to low-in­come neigh­bor­hoods, but these funds were used to build pub­lic hous­ing, nearly all of which was con­cen­trated in the East End of Rich­mond.

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