Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.64
Liaison Rob Andrejewski
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Richmond
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Rob Andrejewski
Director of Sustainability
Office for Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Mapping Inequality: Redlining

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Mapping Inequality updates the study of New Deal America, the federal government, housing, and inequality for the twenty-first century. It offers unprecedented online access to the national collection of "security maps" and area descriptions produced between 1935 and 1940 by one of the New Deal's most important agencies, the Home Owners' Loan Corporation or HOLC (pronounced "holk").

The project spotlights the legal, social, and financial structures that led to banks avoiding investments based on the demographics of a neighborhood. Known as redlining, the practice led to the rejection or refusal of loans or insurance for applicants based on their racial or ethnic background. The practice greatly influenced the racial and financial inequality in American cities.

Mapping Inequality introduces viewer to the records of the Home Owners' Loan Corporation on a scale that is unprecedented. Combining history, geography, demography, digital scholarship, and urban planning, the project allows users to browse more than 150 interactive maps and thousands of "area descriptions." These materials afford an extraordinary view of the contours of wealth and racial inequality in Depression-era American cities and insights into discriminatory policies and practices that so profoundly shaped cities that we feel their legacy to this day.

Mapping Inequality is a partnership between the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC) at University of Maryland, and a team from Virginia Tech.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Research
Public Engagement
Diversity & Affordability

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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