Historical Redlining in Philadelphia

This focus of this research project is to investigate mortgage-lending patterns in Philadelphia between 1938 and 1960 using archival records, address-level mortgage data, GIS, and spatial statistical analysis. Specifically, it is designed to determine where the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured homeowner loans in Philadelphia, what parts of the city were under-served by lending institutions, what role maps played in lender decision-making, and what the relationship was among federal housing agencies, including FHA and the Home Owners' Loan Corporation, and local realtors, appraisers, and lenders.

External Funders
Department of Housing and Urban Development, Urban Scholars Post-doctoral Fellowship Program

Collaborating Investigators
Amy Hillier (CML Researcher)

Partnering Agencies
Research is being conducted at the City of Philadelphia Archives, National Archives, and Free Library of Philadelphia.

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