Online Story Map Connects History and Cleveland’s Health

Next City
Alexis Stephens

While the heart of Coates’ essay centers on discriminatory housing practices in Chicago, similar tales about the roots of chronic poverty and its effects can be reproduced in every urban area in the nation. Now, thanks to Ohio researchers, there’s a compelling new online story map that shows how the settlement patterns of Cleveland neighborhoods were shaped by race-restrictive covenants, Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) redlining maps and urban renewal. The tool, the result of a collaboration between the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Cuyahoga County, Ohio Place Matters initiative, also connects that history with health problems many Cleveland residents have today.

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The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.