Approximately the top half of a 1937 map of San Francisco in black and white with color overlays in yellow, blue, green and pink on approximately the left two thirds of the residential blocks.
Government's Pivotal Role in Redlining and Housing Exclusion
11 February - 11 May 2023
Government Information Center - 5th Fl
Main Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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Homeownership has long been equated with the American Dream. From ensuring voting rights, to endowing a sense of pride, to building generational wealth: owning property is key. Government policies involving homeownership have shaped our nation, but the tools used to encourage building of new homes and access to property have also been a force for racial segregation. This exhibit traces the role of government in establishing patterns of neighborhood segregation and shares what local government is doing to change this and what you can do, too.

Image, above: San Francisco Residential Security Map, 1937.