Develop Louisville: Redlining Lousiville (Open Data)


Develop Louisville: Redlining Lousiville (Open Data)


Redlining refers to the practice of denying loans in certain neighborhoods because of socioeconomic characteristics rather than physical, design, or structural characteristics.

The Home Owner's Loan Corporation (HOLC) was created in 1933 to aid the housing market during the Great Depression. The HOLC created residential securities maps, better known as "redlining maps," to guide investment in US cities. These maps assigned grades 'A' through 'D' to neighborhoods to indicate their desirability for investment. Black, immigrant, and low-income neighborhoods were often given grades of 'C' or 'D,' eliminating their access to mortgage insurance or credit for decades. Although the HOLC was discontinued in 1951, the impact of disinvestment resulting from redlining is still evident in most US cities, including Louisville, today.

In 2015, Louisville Metro Government provided financial support to Joshua Poe, an independent researcher developing an interactive map titled, “Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class and Real Estate.” The map was launched in 2017 in concert with Redlining Louisville, a project that spurred multiple community dialogue sessions to discuss the importance of connecting Louisville’s history with its present.

This is an interactive StoryMap provided to Louisville Metro Government in 2017 and is available online for historic purposes. This version of the map is no longer updated.

The map’s author, Joshua Poe, manages and updates a newer version of the StoryMap.


Joshua Poe






Louisville, KY -- United States of America

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Joshua Poe, “Develop Louisville: Redlining Lousiville (Open Data),” Anti-Racism Digital Library, accessed December 5, 2021,