1938 Redlining Map of Brooklyn

Mortgage lenders mapped areas based on what they considered to be risky investment areas. In the past, the practice of doing this in a discriminatory way (preventing lending where blacks, immigrants and the poor lived) is called redlining due to their neighborhoods being colored red on the map. Because of this, it was hard to impossible for people in redlined areas to get loans to buy property. On this 1938 map, Red Hook is mostly in red except for industrial and commercial areas. The practice of 'red lining' is now illegal.  This map was made by the Hagstrom map company using data from the Home Owners' Loan Association.

This map was made by the Hagstrom map company using data from the Home Owners' Loan Association.

Date:

1938

Sources:

  • Residential Security Map, Haegstrom's Map of Brooklyn, Prepared by Division of Research and Statistics with the co-operation of Appraisals Department Home Owners Loans Corporation, 1938
    From: Urbanoasis.org, Digital HOLC Maps: http://www.urbanoasis.org/projects/holc-fha/digital-holc-maps/ (Accessed 2016)

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