“Before gentrification came to Denver, many neighborhoods had to deal with the practice of redlining.
An exhibit running at the Blair Caldwell Library right now in Five Points is focused on the idea of redlining and how it’s still impacting Denver’s neighborhoods. Redlining, first started in the ’30s, is when people in certain neighborhoods were denied mortgage loans – or said mortgages were made very difficult to obtain.
Jennifer Rodgers works on affordable housing options in the city and said this practice disproportionately impacted people of color and their ability to buy homes and build wealth. She is the vice president and market leader of nonprofit group Enterprise. She said that the impact of redlining is still being felt in 2018.
The exhibit “Undesign the Redline” has come to Denver thanks in large part to her effort. Its point is to raise awareness about redlining and record people’s stories about it.
She said the federal government mapped out more than 200 cities across the U.S. – including Denver – and put some areas inside the “red line.””
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Roy, Anusha. Channel 9 News 26 November 2018.