Detrimental Influences: Negro Encroachment

In June of 1937, surveyors from the Federal government-sponsored Home Owner’s Loan Corporation (HOLC) visited Philadelphia neighborhoods to warn banks away from lending in areas with large number of African Americans. These surveyors assessed the favorable and detrimental influences.

Favorable: Good transportation.

Detrimental: Negro encroachment.

Read the surveys your self: West Philadelphia surveySouth Philadelphia survey, Nicetown Philadelphia survey.

Thanks for reading,


Great research by Aaron Glantz and Emmanuel Martinez from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

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