Vanderbilt Law Review


Paul A. Renne

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This paper will consider one practice--mortgage disinvestment, commonly referred to as "redlining"--which has worked incontravention to the declared policy of Congress by contributing to the destruction of the urban housing inventory and has been partly responsible for the failure to meet our housing goals. This paper will discuss the concept and effects of redlining, the relevant statutes and administrative regulations, and the use of class action litigation as a means of eliminating the practice. Before turning to this discussion, however, it is important to emphasize that eliminating the practice of redlining will prove no panacea to our urban problems. It is only one element which must be attacked in any attempt to recreate a "suitable environment in our urban centers."'