A team of students led by professor of Public Policy William Darity Jr. will chart the evolution of racial inequality in housing in a subset of Durham’s neighborhoods over the course of the 20th century, using census data and Durham County housing records. Students will select a sample of homes from those that appear in de-anonymized decennial censuses between 1920 and 1940, noting homeowner race and reported home value. Tenure (time since last sale), assessed home values and occupancy will be collected from county records for the period between 1940 and 2018. The set of homes will be selected to include a range of neighborhoods that vary in racial composition, zoning designation, and credit riskiness as determined by HOLC’s residential security (redlining) maps. The proposed approach allows the Data+ team to document racial differences in the evolution of home values, tenure and occupancy across neighborhoods.
Project Leads: William Darity Jr.
Project Manager: Omer Ali