Redlining map: Discrimination from 1936

Full and original article posted on Worcester Business Journal

As part of the then-new Federal Housing Administration’s effort to give out more home loans, a 1936 assessment of the neighborhoods in Worcester was commissioned by the Home Owners’ Loan Corp.

Below are snippets of the language used in that report to rank neighborhoods, with those ranked highest considered prime for bank investment and those at the bottom hampered by lack of investment for decades.

To read the whole descriptions, see the Worcester Regional Research Bureau’s “Static Income, Rising Costs” report at

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