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Racist restrictions buried in property records

A racial covenant found in a 1909 entry of the title abstract for a property in Medina, Orleans County. Such covenants are surprisingly prevalent in the documentation for older residential properties in New York state.

Many segregated neighborhoods in Rochester, and across the country, are the result of racist institutional policies enforced decades ago with explicit deed restrictions required by government officials and not due to personal preferences or affordability. The Federal Housing Administration began ...

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