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Follow the Line: Redlining's effects are still felt today in New Orleans

This is part one of the WWL-TV series “Follow the Line."

Charisse Gibson (WWL)

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Published: 10:31 PM CST February 23, 2023
Updated: 10:41 AM CST February 24, 2023

Discriminatory practices like “Redlining” denied credit and home loans to residents based on race or ethnicity, among other factors.

While discriminatory housing was found to be illegal after the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the impacts of housing segregation in New Orleans are felt in many ways.

In our new series, “Follow the Line,” Charisse Gibson explores how this policy led to generational turmoil, pushing against the narrative that what we see in present-day New Orleans is the result of our own action or in-action.

The series explores how the legacy of “Redlining” has become so institutionalized that while the physical line has been erased, the mental and social line remains. For that she reached out to experts in the field of housing, urban development and data research like Dr. Eric Anthony Johnson, an urban development and real estate development professional who has taken his expertise across several cities in America.

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