Detroit Racial Tensions Map 1968 – 1969


Following the race riots of 1967 racial tensions were still very high. William Bunge’s DGEI mapped incidents of housing discrimination which was rampant in Detroit. Many homeowners associations were white only and denied black families the ability to purchase housing in their neighborhoods. This is a great map for historical context and present issues as well. On this map the Northend stands out as a dense cluster of racial discrimination, but today the Northend is known for poverty, poor housing, and high crime. Highland Park’s early decline spread to the Northend, but now many foundations are investing in the Northend, it is designated as one of the Skillman “Good Neighborhoods.”

Also see: Detroit Investment Zones Map

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