Detroit, then and now

1937

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.

2015

Detroit's black population was confined to several pockets of the city in the 1930s as local officials and white residents worked to keep the city segregated. Today, the city is majority black. The legacy of redlining practices today shows up mostly in the suburbs, with the Grosse Pointes, Dearborn and other towns still largely all white (colored in green, blue and yellow), as black movement into the suburbs has for the most part been limited to a handful of inner-ring communities like Southfield and Oak Park (both shaded red).

See the other historic maps in this series:

Like what you’re reading in Bridge? Please consider a donation to support our work!

It takes time, money, and hard work to inform Michigan readers and leaders with substantive, in-depth, future-oriented news and analysis. If you value our journalism, please consider a one-time donation or a monthly contribution. It takes just a moment to donate here. Please join the thousands of Bridge readers who are helping grow and sustain our nonprofit, in-depth public service journalism in Michigan.

Pay with VISA Pay with MasterCard Pay with American Express Donate now

Comment Form

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Comments

Ida Byrd-Hill
Tue, 08/08/2017 - 9:13am

Sadly, redlining is still occurring as Blacks struggle.to get loans in Detroit today.