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Dearth from above: aerial images of a vanishing America – in pictures


In 1920, Baltimore was booming. With more than 700,000 people, it was one of America’s largest cities. After the Great Depression, the Federal Housing Administration created maps of every American city, and neighbourhoods deemed risky – mostly those with minority populations – were ‘redlined’, meaning they weren’t eligible for new federal-backed mortgages. Thus began a long, slow period of disinvestment. Today, the city is tearing down thousands of abandoned row houses, leaving entire blocks completely empty, and the population has plummeted



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