Muskegon, then and now


On the historic maps, click on an area to see the appraiser's description, which will appear on the right. To enlarge those descriptions, click on it and it will appear on the left. Scroll around to see how they identified the neighborhood and its inhabitants and how appraisers felt about the area's long-term prospects.


Muskegon is split by its eponymous lake. In 1937, business executives ‒ all white ‒ lived along the northern shore (shaded green on old map). Today, in a city that's 35 percent African-American, those same northern shore neighborhoods, home to roughly 3,800 people, remain less than 2 percent black (shaded green in 2015 map). In neighborhoods to the south, where blacks comprised 10-15 percent of the population in the 1930s, the black population today ranges from 36 to 90 percent (shaded red in modern map).


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Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:31pm

This map suggest that there is no other factor in determining where people live that ethnicity, since there is no other factor considered.

I wonder how this map would look if the cost of housing/living [property taxes per house] were overlayed and whether that would match these shaded areas of that they would change only have a negligible overlap.
I wonder how this map would look if level of education were overlayed, if income or profession, other factors independent of ethnicity would used.
Can a single factor tell enough the story facilitate the development effective ideas to change the perceptions? Or can a single factor only distort the reality and lead to actions that exacerbate the situations?
I wonder what other maps of pertinent factors exist for these areas and if the could be included to help reader better understand the realities.

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 4:14pm

I know I'm coming to this quite late, but how racist are these maps? The highest proportion of white residents is green (go, good), and as the proportion of white residents declines we move through blue and yellow to red (stop, bad)??