Undesign the Redline
31 South Main Street, Dayton 45402
Free and Open to the Public
Undesign the Redline examines barriers and bridges in our community through the experiences of people and communities affected by the legacy of redlining.
Redlining maps, introduced in the 1930s, delineated risk areas for federally-funded home ownership programs. Neighborhoods where no investment would be made were outlined in red–literally “redlined”–and race was the primary factor in determining these zones. Because they were often unable to access housing loans, mortgages, and other financial services, residents of redlined areas were left with fewer housing and employment opportunities. A shrinking tax base led to insufficient public services and concentrated poverty. Meanwhile, investment poured into rapidly expanding, whiter suburbs, where families could purchase property and accrue wealth over time, while also accessing better-funded schools, jobs and healthcare.
Visitors can place themselves on the map to see how policies may have advantaged or disadvantaged their families and neighbors.
To learn more about Dayton’s racial history, watch the Dayton Daily News' Roots of Racism series here.
August 6-September 25, 2021
October 1-31, 2021
November 8-30, 2021
February 1-28, 2022
March 7–April 1, 2022
CareSource • Cox First Media • DATV • The Dayton Foundation • Dayton Metro Library Foundation • Evans Motorworks • Fifth Third Bank • Friends of the Library • Key Bank • LCNB Bank • Mathile Family Foundation • Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission • Montgomery County Arts and Culture District • Montgomery County Educational Service Center • PNC • Premier Health • Sinclair College • State Library of Ohio, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services • StriveTogether • Trotwood-Madison Schools • University of Dayton • Wright State University