Oklahoma City Redlining: A Community Analysis Project

The practice of “redlining” – the Federal Housing Administration’s refusal to insure mortgages in oradjacent to African-American neighborhoods – was a formal part of housing policy from the mid-1930s until​ the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and later the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977. Although this​ systemically racists practice was deemed illegal over 40-years ago, the consequences of redlining, intended or​ otherwise, are still undoubtedly seen even today. Our proposed project is to build an interactive website that​ explores the after-effects of redlining through time and place using the voices of the residents of Oklahoma​ City communities. The project will combine both informal voice recordings and photographs from individuals​ who live in the differently coded neighborhoods with formal interviews during driving and walking tours​ with community leaders. Although the audience is primarily Oklahoma City, the product will be of interest​ across the country.