Quote of the Week
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.