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Abstract

This note discusses the practice of redlining, sometimes referred to as "urban disinvestment," which involves the refusal by lending institutions to provide home mortgage loans or home improvement loans to certain geographical areas or the inclusion of particularly burdensome terms or conditions on the loans. The note analyzes the possible effects of redlining, such as neighborhood deterioration, decline of communities, and the deprivation of the benefits of homeownership, especially as these effects pertain to minority groups. The note then examines the legal alternatives open to victims of redlining, including sections of the Civil Rights Acts of 1866, 1964, and 1968, while also reviewing the possibility of corrective measures by federal agencies, such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC).

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