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Paycheck Protection Program Repeats History Of Redlining In Kansas City

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The borders and development of many Kansas City neighborhoods today are the result of redlining which dates back to the 1930's.

The Paycheck Protection Program, designed to help the most vulnerable during the pandemic, fell short in Kansas City.

The Center for Public Integrity discovered PPP lending in Kansas City actually mirrored decades-old patterns of racial discrimination. The new report published in partnership with The Kansas City Star and Mother Jones found that in the Kansas City neighborhoods “redlined” in the 1930s, fewer PPP loans were given last year than in the rest of the city.

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