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The Fifty One

Redlining Might Be Outlawed, But It’s Still Alive and Well


The practice that kept people of color from securing home and business loans was banned 50 years ago, but its impact, especially on food access, can still be felt acutely today.



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Redlining—a practice that kept people of color from securing home or business loans, and prompted divestment in low-income communities from the 1930s to the 1960s—ended when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act in 1968. But its effects are still being felt today. In this episode of The Fifty One, we look at the intersection between redlining and food access in communities throughout the country, how redlining helped create food insecurity, and why practices outlawed in the late 1960s are reappearing today.

The Fifty One is presented by DAME and produced and distributed by Critical Frequency. In our first season we have worked with local reporters across the country to explore food access in their communities. You can listen to the podcast on all platforms, and support the project here

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