Undesign the Redline is an interactive exhibit connecting the intentional and systematic racial housing segregation of the 1930s to political and social issues of today. The exhibit uncovers the roots of structural racism and inequality through the powerful narratives of the people and communities affected by redlining and its legacy.
Since 2017, Undesign the Redline exhibits have traveled to communities nationwide, including Los Angeles, Denver, Cleveland and Baltimore.
Through the dynamic curation and collaboration of designing the WE, the exhibits allow communities to explore their history. Be inspired by stories of vision and change. Become part of the conversation for new equitable policies and practices.
The 2020 exhibit schedule is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check back for any updates on exhibits reopening.
This Moment of Reckoning
The tragic death of George Floyd and countless other victims of police brutality sparked a national uprising against racial injustice. We invite you to read our statement on systemic racism – and learn why racial equity is a key pillar of our forthcoming strategic plan.
A collection of essays from staff across Enterprise offer insights into what this moment of reckoning has meant for our colleagues, individually and professionally.
Umbrellas Don't Make It Rain (pdf)
This report by The New School, Duke Center for Social Equity and Insight challenges America’s egalitarian promise of opportunity and individual agency.
Root Shock (video)
“Root shock,” examined in Dr. Mindy Fullilove’s groundbreaking book, is the tearing up of urban communities through policies like urban renewal, and what that traumatic experience is like for people who are displaced.
Stress, Trauma and the Brain (video)
Following up on Root Shock, what happens to people when they are subject to ongoing stress and trauma? From a 2015 TED Talk by Madhumita Murgia.
Housing Segregation is in Everything (video)
How government-backed policies segregated housing – and shaped schools, family wealth, policing and more. From a 2018 episode of NPR’s “Code Switch” podcast.
The Case for Reparations (article)
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ compelling argument, published in The Atlantic, asks, what is the cost of hundreds of years institutional racism?
Crisis in Levittown (video)
This short documentary on Levittown, PA, shows revealing interviews with white families after the first black family moved into town in August 1957
Don’t Sanitize How Our Government Created Ghettos (audio)
This NPR Fresh Air interview with economist Richard Rothstein examines the history of segregation in public housing, redlining and blockbusting and long-term effects on communities of color.
In A Covenant with Color: Race and social power in Brooklyn
Craig Steven Wilder
New York: Columbia University Press, 2000. Read the housing chapter online
Family Properties: How the struggle over race and real estate transformed Chicago and Urban America
New York: Picador, 2010