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Monday, February 11, 2019

'Undesign the Redline,' Traveling Exhibit on Structural Racism, Looking for 2019 Cleveland Locations

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 4:08 PM

  • Courtesy: Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, the local placemaking nonprofit that, since 2017, has been working to foster community dialogues about racism and economic inclusion, wants to expand the footprint of a traveling interactive exhibit in 2019.

They are now seeking three community partner locations to host "Undesign the Redline" for one quarter each beginning this April and have released a request for proposal today, (PDF below), to solicit qualified applicants.

Undesign the Redline is an interactive exhibit, initially created by Designing the WE, that explores the history and persistence of structural racism, classism and inequitable housing policy in the United States. Using maps and other documents, the exhibit shows how segregation and disinvestment from policies like "redlining" are still experienced today.

In Cleveland, the effects of redlining are ongoing and often dramatic. This summer, researchers at Case Western Reserve University found that neighborhoods that were redlined in the 1930s are the same neighborhoods that experience the highest rates of crime, lead poisoning, poverty and even poor internet connectivity today.

“There appears to be a strong relationship between the history of redlining in Cleveland and the steady decline of neighborhoods,” one researcher told Scene. "If you overlay the redlining maps and some of these other trends, it’s as if you’re looking at the same map.”

Additionally, Scene reported in 2017 on "digital redlining," — AT&T has historically excluded Cleveland's poorest residents from its internet access improvements.

The local "Undesign the Redline" exhibit has been housed, since the fall, at Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corporation and saw more than 1,150 attendees in its first two months.

Organizations that wish to host the exhibit this year must have room for several large posters and maps; a publicly accessible, indoor, ground-floor location; and both public transit access and free parking. Staff members at the host organization would be expected to serve as greeters and tour guides as well. The three finalist locations will be announced March 25.

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, in a press release Monday, said that the three host locations will not only increase the exhibit's visibility citywide, but will facilitate dialogues about the topic of "redlining and its legacy" in Cleveland.


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