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“How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering”

“In the 1930s, federal officials redlined these neighborhoods in Richmond, Va., marking them as risky investments because residents were Black.

Today, they are some of the hottest parts of town in the summer, with few trees and an abundance of heat-trapping pavement.

White neighborhoods that weren’t redlined tend to be much cooler today — a pattern that repeats nationwide.”

Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich report for the New York Times with photographs by Brian Palmer August 24, 2020.