Interactive Exhibit “Undesign the Redline” Explores History of U.S. Housing Policy, Race, Segregation and Impacts Today in New Orleans

Enterprise Community Partners and Designing the WE host public opening on Thursday, Nov. 1

NEW ORLEANS (Oct. 25, 2018) – On Thursday, Nov. 1, Enterprise Community Partners Inc. (Enterprise) and Designing the WE will host a public opening reception at the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design for Undesign the Redline.

Created by social impact firm Designing the WE, in partnership with Enterprise, the interactive exhibit uses powerful narratives of people and communities, maps and other documentation to trace the enormous role that race played in determining where people were allowed to live, and how government policy going back to the 1930s, known as “redlining,” created segregation and disinvestment in communities that continue to persist to this day.  The exhibit is being brought to New Orleans with generous financial sponsorship from the Foundation for Louisiana, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Fidelity Bank, Gulf Coast Housing Partnership and Coats Rose.

“Undesign the Redline is a powerful way to engage with history, to examine how racist policies from decades ago still impact our communities today and to inspire action toward creating communities of equal opportunity that promote health, resilience and well-being for all,” said Michelle Whetten, Enterprise vice president and Gulf Coast market leader. “In addition to the financial sponsors, we thank The Albert  and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, Sue Mobley, Shana M. Griffin, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance for guidance and support.” 

Undesign the Redline puts into perspective the local community landscape and the history of New Orleans, featuring the stories of: 

  • The fight over Lincoln Beach, which became one of the earliest environmental justice issues in New Orleans.
  • The draining of swampland for housing development and the racial segregation patterns that followed. 
  • Marcus Garvey and the New Orleans chapter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association.
  • Civil rights attorney Alexander Pierre Tureaud and the Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board case of 1960.
  • Total Community Action, the community-organized movement to bring the “War on Poverty” to New Orleans.
  • The recovery after Hurricane Katrina, which displaced many poor and working-class African-American communities.
  • The Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District, which seeks to reverse the negative impacts of urban renewal projects that led to the decline of Black-owned businesses in New Orleans.

Community sponsors of the exhibit are the Foundation for Louisiana, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Fidelity Bank, Gulf Coast Housing Partnership and Coats Rose.

The exhibit runs through February 2019.

The Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design 
1725 Baronne Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

Exhibit hours are:

  • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1 - 3 p.m.

For more information visit the Undesign the Redline exhibit page

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