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Place Matters. Race Matters.

A digital exhibit in celebration of Black History Month

 

In this special exhibit in celebration of Black History Month, professors and doctoral students from the Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Texas A&M University explain often overlooked aspects of how African Americans have been systematically and intentionally excluded from places—from parks and landscapes to entire towns. While most Americans are familiar with Jim Crow “Separate but Equal” principles, many are not aware of how politics and power have worked to keep minorities in general, and Blacks in particular, from accessing the same kinds of place-based amenities and benefits that the majority has. The consequences of these disparities have been long-lasting and, in some cases, are still ongoing.

 

 

 

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Chickasaw: An Olmsted Park Built for African Americans

By JANE FUTRELL WINSLOW, Ph.D., FASLA

“Chickasaw Park holds a unique role in West Louisville’s history and culture. It provided the only improved park facilities for African Americans during an extended period of racial segregation."

 

 

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On Redlining

By SHANNON VAN ZANDT, Ph.D.

“Although it was outlawed with 1968’s Civil Rights legislation, redlining continued to be practiced into the 1970s, and still informs other discriminatory practices in the real estate and lending industries.”

 

 

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On Mortgage Lending

By CLARE LOSEY

“On average, mortgage lenders charge higher closing costs, appraisal costs, broker or lender fees, and prepayment penalties to black homebuyers.”