Geography of Race and Place

Season 2, Episode 3

Americans live in a landscape of race and space inherited from an earlier era. How do historical narratives about the places we call home shape our understanding of them? What is left out of those narratives? And how can new understandings spark movements that drive equitable economic development?

This week on the CitySCOPE podcast, in episode 3, we talk to Kirsten Delegard and Kevin Ehrman-Solberg about the Mapping Prejudice Project in Minneapolis, the first project in the country to gather a comprehensive count of racially-restrictive housing covenants in a regional housing market.  Naomi Shachter and Arianna Blanco, students in the Spring IEDL, co-host the episode.  

Kirsten Delegard, co-founder of Mapping Prejudice, and Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, Digital and Geospatial Director, along with a small team at the John R. Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota, set out to unearth the complex past of their hometown not knowing how the story would end. They were soon joined by 3,000 volunteers in the region, who were inspired by public workshops about the project to get involved.

Tune in to learn about what they found and what happened next! 

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1. Mapping Prejudice project at the University of Minnesota libraries website

2. Kirsten Delegard refers to the book Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It by Mindy Thompson Fullilove, read description and link to independent bookstore in New Haven where you can order here

3. Link to Minneapolis 2040 Plan

4. Read more about the rezoning in Minneapolis in article by Richard Kahlenberg, 2019, How Minneapolis Ended Single Family Zoning here

5. Photo credit: The Mapping Prejudice Project, the University of Minnesota Libraries