Redlining and Restoration in Lancaster

In 1933 a map of the City of Lancaster was created that featured three areas highlighted in a harsh red overlay. There were other colors two — blue, yellow, and green. But these three areas would feel the economic and social impacts of those red lines for decades to come.

Redlining refers to historically discriminatory practices by lending and insurance institutions in areas deemed too risky to invest in home ownership, often based on neighborhoods with higher densities of black residents.

In the City of Lancaster, three areas were redlined… Chestnut Housing’s Milburn Apartments development sits just a stone’s throw away from one of these areas.

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