GIS-Ready Historical Redlining Data Now Available

08-09-2020 04:35 AM
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A redlining layer of 143 cities is now available in ArcGIS Living Atlas and in the Racial Equity GIS Hub. This ready-to-use layer can provide important context for your work. GIS-ready historical redlining data is an important tool to help us understand how historical inequities still contribute to inequities today. 

Read this blog post by my colleague Diana Lavery‌ to learn more about how many present-day racial inequities can be traced back directly to the federal practice of redlining neighborhoods in the 1930s, and how you can use this historical data layer in your work to advance equity and social justice in your community today. In the blog, she references examples of how Jaimie Huynh‌ and Christen Watts‌ have used this data in their work examining the historical legacy of redlining in Stockton, CA, and Asheville, NC.

In order to dismantle systemic racism and advance equity and social justice, we must understand its historical roots. This layer can help users in government, economic development, city planning, law enforcement, financial services, retailers, real estate developers, healthcare providers, researchers, community organizations, schools, and many others understand historical roots of present-day inequities in their communities and invest where the needs are greatest.

In the comments, please share any questions or ideas you have on how you might use this data in your work.

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For additional educational materials on redlining, investigate this article from "The Geography Teacher" on 

“The Most Insidious Legacy”—Teaching About Redlining and the Impact of Racial Residential Segregation 

About the Author
Margot Bordne is an Account Manager on Esri's Global Business Development team. Margot supports organizations across industries who leverage GIS to improve their operations and decision making capabilities, with a focus on the use of GIS for advancing equity and social justice. Margot also founded and leads Esri's Women's Enablement & Career Advancement Network (WeCan) and is currently working toward a Master's Degree in Diversity & Inclusion Leadership at Tufts University.