An exhibit called “Undesign the Redline” is on display at the Evanston Civic Center now through Oct. 20. 

Created by Designing the WE, the exhibit connects housing segregation of the 1930s, facilitated by lending risk maps drawn for federal mortgage insurance programs, to political and social issues of today, describing the people and communities affected by redlining and its legacy. 

Personalizing the exhibit to Evanston, additional panels will be added by Dino Robinson,executive director of Shorefront Legacy Center.

An opening reception is planned for Monday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with opening remarks by Mayor Steve Hagerty followed by a panel discussion of redlining in Evanston.

The exhibit is sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners and the city’s Equity & Empowerment Commission, and presented in partnership with the Evanston Community Foundation, YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Shorefront Legacy Center, and Northwestern University.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. 21st Century Redlining in Evanston

    Evanstonians sholuld be campaigning for extending the CTA Red Line rail servce into Evanston to promote  public transit equity.

    1. another definition of “redline – ing” – not the one intended!

      While one the subject of transportation though, why can’t the CTA extend the evening hours of the Loop to Evanston Purple line?  Impossible to enjoy an event downtown and take Purple line home!  Alternatively, one must take Brown line to Belmont, Redline to Howard, Purple line shuttle to Evanston, if one prefers ‘above ground’ transportation!

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