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The Home Owners Loan Corporation labeled poor neighborhoods (in red) as unworthy of mortgage lending in this 1938 map of Atlanta, setting up decades of institutional discrimination. Source: Mapping Inequality

The United States is almost as segregated now as it was when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act in 1968. That seems insane. But it actually shouldn’t be surprising. A house, more than most other goods, is extremely durable. Even poorly built real estate can last a long time. Therefore the consequences of housing decisions have a long-lasting impact. And our country is prone to making poor housing decisions. …

Henry Queen

Sports reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Georgia.

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