New webinar series: The History & Power of Real Estate

GCAAR is hosting a new webinar series highlighting its commitment to continuing the conversation about racism, particularly as it relates to real estate. Our goal is to generate a healthy discussion around the history of our nation’s legislative barriers on homeownership based on race – and how those barriers are still affecting today’s society.

September 21: Mapping Segregation in D.C.

On Monday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m., join Sarah Shoenfeld, co-owner of research firm Prologue DC, for “Mapping Segregation in D.C.,” a webinar focusing on the development history and racial context of the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood, as well as legal challenges that emerged from it. This hour-long webinar will take place via Zoom at no cost to you. We hope you’ll join us! Register today.

August 20: Race & Real Estate Context & History

To kick off the new series, on August 20, GCAAR and the District of Columbia Association of REALTORS® presented the first webinar, “Race and Real Estate Context & History.

To set the stage for the rest of the series, 2020 GCAAR Secretary Harrison Beacher and Nicole Canole, East + Ivy CEO discussed the book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America”* by Richard Rothstein. Take a look at the slide deck and replay recording!

Below are a few links to resources that were covered during the discussion.

Links which contributed to this talk:

  1. Learning from Urban Redevelopment’s Failures to Build a More Inclusive DC
  2. D.C. Looks To End ‘Outdated’ Urban Renewal Plans As Part Of Housing Development Strategy
  3. Urban Renewal: The Story of Southwest D.C.
  4. Examining the Black-white wealth gap

Point of view videos to assist with understanding:

  1. Talks to help you understand racism in America
  2. The little problem I had renting a house
  3. Apple TV movie “The Banker”
  4. Maggie Anderson “My Black Year” Discussion on Black Economics


  1. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
  2. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  3. How to Be an Antiracist  by Ibram X. Kendi
  4. The Fight for Fair Housing by Gregory Squires
  5. The People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn


  1. Real Estate Agents Investigations
  2. A New Show About Neighborhoods Facing Gentrification Offers a Cautionary Tale
  3. How Real Estate Segregated America
  4. A history of slavery cannot be ignored — even in real estate
  5. Book Review: “Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership”
  6. How slavery flourished in the United States
  7. Urban Wire  Housing and Housing Finance
  8. The New Deal as raw deal for blacks in segregated communities
  9. Racial wealth inequality: Social problems and solutions
  10. Testbed for the Redlining Archives of California’s Exclusionary Spaces