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Tim Thomas Presents on the History and Impacts of Redlining to King County Council

Posted: 9/4/2019 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Affiliate Tim Thomas, Postdoctoral Fellow at the eScience Institute and Sociology, was recently invited by the King County Council Equity and Social Justice Team to present on the history of redlining in Washington and how it impacts King County today. Thomas walked the audience through an account of the great migration, redlining, restrictive housing covenants, the home ownership gap, gentrification, and evictions. He also facilitated a lively policy discussion and presented recommendations regarding home ownership, renter protections, and development & zoning.

Thomas is transitioning to a CSDE Regional Affiliate as he is soon starting as a Postdoc at Berkeley’s Urban Displacement Project. There he will work on tools that identify residential displacement risk, analyzing risk in relation to other neighborhood dynamics, write policy briefs for U.S. cities, and publish his findings in academic journals. He will continue to be the PI for the Evictions Study where CSDE Affiliate and eScience data scientist Jose Hernandez will be the local lead. Thomas says he is incredibly grateful to CSDE for the training and research support making his projects a reality.