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One assumption among those who study housing discrimination has been that it’s more likely to occur in wealthier, whiter enclaves.

That was the hypothesis of researchers at the University of Michigan who analyzed incidents reported to the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit in order to understand how discrimination broke down across the region.

In the 1930s, property assessors graded American cities on a four-point scale, with the worst neighborhoods coded red, giving birth to the term "redlining."
Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America / Creative Commons

The legacy of discrimination against people of color and discrimination against certain religions is powerfully present in Michigan cities to this day.

A new data investigation from Bridge Magazine's Mike Wilkinson analyzed a series of housing maps produced by the Home Owners Loan Corporation and later used by the Federal Housing Administration. Wilkinson examined maps of nine cities across the state.