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Mapping the Origins of Redlining the United States

Center for Data Visualization – Mapping the Origins of Redlining the United States

“A team of professors and students from the University of Richmond, the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute have created a data visualization called Mapping Inequality that combines 150 interactive maps of cities in the United States illustrating the racial demographic breakdown of homeowners between 1935 and 1940. The maps originally come from the Home Owner’s Loan Corporation (HOLC), a government agency established by the New Deal that scored neighborhoods for creditworthiness based on risk, a practice known as redlining which was responsible for widespread racial housing segregation. Mapping Inequality allows users to search for maps of cities and observe how the racial makeup of neighborhoods changed from before HOLC’s redlining, in 1930, to after, in 1940. Take a look.”

Renters More Likely to Be Food Insecure Than Homeowners

“About 10.5 million American households, or roughly 8.9 percent, reported that in the past month their access to adequate food was limited by a lack of money and other resources, according to new 2015 American Housing Survey statistics released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau.… Continue Reading

The State of the Nations Housing 2016

Joint Center for Housing – Harvard University: The State of the Nations Housing 2016: “By many measures, the US housing market has recovered substantially from the crash. According to CoreLogic estimates, nominal home prices were back within 6 percent of their previous peak in early 2016, although still down nearly 20 percent in real terms. The uptick… Continue Reading

Report – The Color of Wealth in the Nation’s Capital

Urban Institute, Kilolo Kijakazi, Rachel Marie Brooks Atkins, Mark Paul, Anne Price, Darrick Hamilton, William A. Darity Jr. November 1, 2016: “The Great Recession and housing crisis erased approximately half of Black and Latino households’ wealth, while Asians suffered the largest absolute loss in wealth. But the dramatic wealth disparities between White communities and communities… Continue Reading

American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample Files Now Available

“The U.S. Census Bureau released the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files from the 2015 American Community Survey 1-year estimates. The PUMS files contain data on approximately 1 percent of the U.S. population and are now available for users to create their own tabulations. The files show population and housing characteristics down to Public Use… Continue Reading

Report – Investing in Urban Resilience

World Bank – “Natural disasters – such as Hurricane Matthew – and climate change are having devastating effects on cities and the 4 billion people who live in them today.  By 2030, without significant investment into making cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide $314 billion each year, up from around $250 billion… Continue Reading

Census Data Visualization Gallery

“Data Visualization Gallery. A weekly exploration of Census data. The Census Bureau is working to increase our use of visualization in making data available to the public, and this gallery is an early part of that effort. The first posted visualizations will pertain largely to historical population data, building on prior work done to portray… Continue Reading

Will NYC become a gradual Atlantis?

New York Magazine – Even locals who believe climate change is real have a hard time grasping that their city will almost certainly be flooded beyond recognition, by Andrew Rice “Klaus Jacob, a German professor affiliated with Columbia’s University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, is a geophysicist by profession and a doomsayer by disposition. I’ve gotten to… Continue Reading

Where Does All the Money Go: Shifts in Household Spending Over the Past 30 Years

Brookings – Shifts in Household Spending Over the Past 30 Years, Jun 2016. “Economic progress occurs unevenly, diffusely, and at times unpredictably: whole categories of spending diminish or grow as technology and preferences shift. For instance, as the relative price of clothing has plummeted, the share of spending going to clothing has declined; at the… Continue Reading

Data shows how much you must earn to buy a home in 27 metro areas

Tim Manni,, Aug 22, 2016: “See [this data to know] exactly how much salary you would need to earn in order to afford the principal, interest, taxes and insurance payments on a median-priced home in 27 metro areas. Key takeaways: Only three metro areas were more affordable during the second quarter: Tampa, Orlando and… Continue Reading

2016 Online Journalism Awards finalists announced

“Finalists for the 2016 Online Journalism Awards, representing a wide range of nonprofit, public, academic, major media and emerging technology organizations from around the globe, were announced today by the Online News Association. Twelve of the awards now come with $53,500 in prize money, courtesy of Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation and the University of… Continue Reading