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An American Dilemma; “Eloquent” Racism Through Redlining

  By Terri L. Crawford, JD “Two hundred fifty years of slavery; Ninety years of Jim Crow; Sixty years of separate but equal; Thirty-five years of racist housing policy; Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole” – Ta-Nehisi Coates   America’s public policy practices were distinctly shaped by a pattern of racial politics to…

BRENDA COUNCIL: NORTH OMAHA IS “WHERE I WANT TO BE”

By Lynn Sanchez Since graduating from Creighton law school in 1977, Brenda Council’s life has been a well-chronicled, over-achieving whirlwind of law career, election to local and state government and participation in community and civic organizations. Somehow she also found time for marriage and family.  Council’s trademark large glasses, large smile and unbelievable work ethic became recognizable to most Omahans…

North Omaha History 1940 – 1960

1942- 1945 World War II creates jobs in the armament industry, providing previously unavailable employment opportunities for African Americans and women. Rural Nebraska was a prime area for training, aircraft and armament manufacturing. The Glenn L. Martin Bomber Plant near Bellevue produced over 1,500 medium bombers and more than 500 B-29 Superfortresses, including the plane that dropped the first atomic…


Anatomy of a Real Estate Deal

By Lynn Sanchez If “Development” were a game, it would honestly be the worst game ever.  Development is played by hundreds of self-serving players with a labyrinth of rules and regulations. It Frankensteins together the strategy of Chess, the ruthlessness of Monopoly, the unexpected consequences of SimCity and the mind-numbing confusion of playing “Settlers of Catan” when you don’t really…

Glossary of Terms

ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGE (ARM) An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) is a type of mortgage in which the interest rate applied on the outstanding balance varies throughout the life of the loan. With an adjustable-rate mortgage, the initial interest rate is fixed for a period of time, after which it resets periodically, often every year or even monthly.  A variable rate mortgage…

North Omaha Timeline 1920 – 1940

1920- 30s First wave of white flight from near North Omaha following the riots. Black families were unable to exit, due to housing covenants common in the 1920s and validated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1926. These so-called “Gentlemens’ Agreements” were restrictive covenants legally preventing Black residents from renting property outside of North Omaha. This isolation necessitated a self-sufficiency…

Let’s Talk Numbers

Compiled by Lynn Sanchez, Special Projects Editor Originally published October 18, 2019 38th: Omaha’s position among the top 100 most segregated metropolitan areas in the United States. (2010 Census) 21.4: The percentage of Black Omahans who live in high poverty neighborhoods. By comparison, 6.9% of Whites and 14.3% of Hispanics live in such neighborhoods. (2010 Census)  1936: The year redlining…

More Market Rate Homes, City Buy-in Would Help Uplift North Omaha

By Lynn Sanchez, Special Projects Editor Originally published October 18, 2019 Between them, Al Goodwin and Michael Maroney have been at the helm of the Omaha Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) for over 40 years. Their commercial and residential ventures have made an undeniable impact on the physical, social and economic landscape of North Omaha. Drive through the neighborhood for a…

North Omaha Timeline, 1854 – 1919

“History is not just stuff that happens by accident. We are the products of the history that our ancestors chose, if we’re White.  If we are Black, we are products of the history that our ancestors most likely did not choose. Yet here we are all together, the products of a set of choices. And we have to understand that…