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How TIF Can Solve a Market Failure in Minneapolis

I wrote an earlier post that explains what TIF is and how it works. Click through and read it here. In any community, we put things we want in plans. We want good jobs for the people who live here. We want homes people can afford to rent and buy. We want polluted land cleaned […]

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Redline: Gallery Opening, Juxtaposition Arts

“The sky is the limit to what you can have,” and in the sky, there are no borders.

Join us for the next gallery opening at Juxtaposition Arts. Celestia Morgan’s work explores the history of racially-based housing discrimination exemplified in Birmingham, Alabama with the appropriation of mapping and the mediating lens of photography. The exhibit will be up from March 15th—April 21.

The residue of redlining is both visible and palpable and continues to haunt black neighborhoods both locally and nationally. While the work in Morgan’s show looks directly at Birmingham, redlining, the practice of refusing economic services to a community deemed financially risky due to race was practiced in cities across the entire United States, including Minneapolis.

Morgan visually documents housing discrimination through the depression-era Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) security map, which categorizes neighborhoods from best to hazardous. The HOLC map of 1930 and current GPS mapping systems influence the geometric outlines in this body of work. These are beyond just walls or borders but birthmarks in the land, systematically imposed by society. This brings to question who gets to draw the line and dictate who gets to live where?

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Map Monday: Minneapolis Racial Covenants in 1951

Historyapolis‘ amazing work on the history of racism and real estate in the Twin Cities continues with this map showing racial covenants in Minneapolis over time. Here’s the cumulative total (so far!) from 1951.   Racial covenants were part of a suite of racist practices and policies that profoundly shaped Northern cities in the 20th century. […]

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Sprawl Tax Links: Bike Lanes, Redlining, and the Edge

Every day at The Direct Transfer we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list.  At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the DC region.  […]

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Map Monday: HOLC Redlining Map of Minneapolis

Via Historyapolis, here’s one of the most important Minneapolis maps you’ll ever see, a section of the original Home Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC) map of Minneapolis from the 1930s. This is from  the great Historyapolis post, which talks about attempts to change the racially-segregated housing structure: The system demanded that realtors serve as the border […]

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