A shocking new study shows that neighborhood redlining has a negative impact on the environments that people live in. Simply put: people drawn into poorer neighborhoods live with more environmental toxins.
Redlining is when the government draws lines around what they consider undesirable neighborhoods and discourages investment in those areas. A study out of UC Berkeley found that people who live in those neighborhoods breathe 56% more free pollutant nitrogen dioxide than people in more desirable neighborhoods.
And who lives in those neighborhoods? Predominantly people of color.
The study’s author says: “The people who made the decision [to redline certain neighborhoods] aren’t even alive any more but the decisions made a long time ago still matter quite a lot for the disparities experienced today.”