Redlining Map of Sioux City, Iowa

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Map Legend

A

Best

lowest risk

best property values

white population

B

Good

low risk

buffer zones

white population

C

Declining

high risk

decreased investment

mixed population

D

Hazardous

highest risk

no investment

mixed population

Area Descriptions

 These documents included surveys, paragraphs, and other written statements that laid out in detail exactly why each neighborhood got the color it received. Lenders, bankers, and real estate agents completed surveys for their personal organizations looking at where loans were being granted across the city. These surveys were then used to help form the maps and the more detailed area descriptions. Within these descriptions, language such as “infiltration of hazardous populations” or “invasion of hazardous groups” was used to describe the desire for separation based on race, and were often found in the paragraphs referring to yellow and red neighborhoods.

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