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See also: green line
- (transitive) To ease access to services to residents in specific areas, particularly by designating such areas as suitable for real-estate lending and property insurance.
- Antonym: redline
- 1964, The Bankers Magazine, volume 162, page 47:
- Bankers, who must fight to stay even with inflation and face an uneven credit supply (even many "greenlined"' areas didn't get loans during the recession of 1974-1975)
- 2011, Manuel B. Aalbers, Place, Exclusion and Mortgage Markets:
- But ABN-AMRO redlined some small areas in largely yellowlined zip code areas, and greenlined some small areas in largely redlined areas.
- 2013, Loretta Lees, Tom Slater, Elvin Wyly, Gentrification, page 32:
- If the new residents, especially the most recent arrivals, are less tolerant of lower or working-class behavior, these tensions may become serious. Banks begin to greenline the area, looking for spatial patterns of reinvestment