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NPR: Racist Housing Practices From The 1930s Linked To Hotter Neighborhoods Today

Earlier this month, ┬áposted an interesting story about how housing practices from decades ago are still determining which neighborhoods are experiencing the most urban heating. Back in the 1930’s, many neighborhoods were ‘red-lined”, shutting some minorities out of the most desirable neighborhoods and segregating them. A recent study shows that even decades later, the neighborhoods that were red-lined are still hotter than neighborhoods that were not red-lined by as much as 5 degrees, probably due to fewer trees and parks and more pavement. That means those areas are subject to more heat stress and health issues, and are likely to be more effected in the future by warming temperatures, which can cause more frequent heat spells. You can read more about the study at https://www.npr.org/2020/01/14/795961381/racist-housing-practices-from-the-1930s-linked-to-hotter-neighborhoods-today.