50 years after being outlawed, redlining still drives neighborhood health inequities
Research from UC Berkeley School of Public Health reveals that despite redlining, a discriminatory lending practice being outlawed since 1968, its legacy continues to perpetuate racial and socioeconomic inequality. The practice, which involved blocking people of color from obtaining mortgages, has left nonwhite communities dealing with issues such as air pollution, reproductive health disorders, and limited access to urban amenities. Communities previously subjected to redlining are more vulnerable to air, water, and noise pollution, cardiovascular diseases, maternal morbidity, and other health problems. Discriminatory housing practices have resulted in neighborhoods with less green space, greater noise pollution, and poorer air quality. Even today, nonwhite communities remain disproportionately exposed to these issues, despite overall improvements in air quality across the country. Researchers emphasize the need for intervention and equity-centered housing policies to address these ongoing health disparities.