Fair Housing Tours

To help policymakers, housing providers, nonprofit staff and residents better understand how decades of discriminatory housing policies and practices shaped the segregated state we see today, the Center offers Fair Housing Tours of different regions of the state.  This project was inspired by the tour created by the Fair Housing Council of Oregon.

The tours give passengers a firsthand look at the effects of redlining, urban renewal, systemic housing discrimination, and other factors that led to residential segregation.  They serve as a powerful rebuke to claims that residential segregation is a “de facto” condition, caused only by personal choices or economic conditions, and instead help participants to realize the structural and institutional forces that created and continue to maintain segregation.

Fair Housing Tour of Hartford


Broad Street at Farmington Avenue, 1914 | 2014 Courtesy of of Hartford History Center’s “Hartford Through Time” book published in 2014.

The Center offers the Hartford tour to organizations and private groups on a limited basis. Contact us to learn about scheduling a fair housing tour for your group or organization.

In 2019, the Center will launch a digital version of the Hartford tour which will expand its audience and also serve as a helpful companion for the in-person experience.

This project was made possible by funding from The Harford Foundation for Public Giving and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and by incredible in-kind support from the Hartford History Center.

Fair Housing Tour of New London

In 2018, the Center partnered with New London Landmarks, with funding from CT Humanities, to create a historic walking tour, “Discrimination, Urban Renewal, and New London’s Lost Neighborhood.”

In 2019, we will release a digital version of the New London tour. Check out the beta version of the digital New London tour here.


Tours in Other Parts of CT

In future years, we hope to create tours in other regions of the state, contingent upon available funding.

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