Home Owners' Loan Corporation (HOLC) Map

Reveals redlining and zoning in Minneapolis and St. Paul in 1934 and between the 1920s-1970s.  In the 1930s, the Federal Housing Administration determined which urban neighborhoods had the best property values for homebuyers based on factors like housing condition, race, religion, and nationality. These maps were commissioned to reveal the status of metropolitan areas nationwide.


  • Red: Hazardous
  • Yellow: Definitely Declining
  • Grey: Business and Industrial
  • Green: Best
  • Light Blue: Still Desirable
  • White: Uncertain
  • Clear: Undeveloped
  • Purple Lines: Routes and Freeways
  • Purple Dots: Click on for information about important people and places

    (University of Minnesota Law School: Institute of Metropolitan Opportunity, n.d., "HOLC Map")

    Work Cited

    University of Minnesota Law School: Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity. (n.d.). Redlining in the Twin Cities 1934: 1960s and today [Story Map]. ArcGIS. Retrieved April 1, 2020, from https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=8b6ba2620ac5407ea7ecfb4359132ee4#

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