In the 1930s, the federal government drew red lines on maps of Denver and deemed certain parts of the city "hazardous," or "definitely declining." People in those neighborhoods, like Five Points and the Highlands, were denied mortgages to buy homes.
The practice discriminated against communities of African Americans, Latinos and immigrants. The impact of that racism is still felt today. Megan Arellano and Erica Meltzer are reporters at Denverite. They've recently looked into how redlining is now contributing to gentrification in the city.
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Colorado Matters in Grand Junction
Join CPR for "Atlas of a Lost World," a conversation with author Craig Childs and Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner. Enjoy radio in the making at this special event in Grand Junction on Friday, July 13.