urban renewal


Definition of urban renewal

: a construction program to replace or restore substandard buildings in an urban area

Examples of urban renewal in a Sentence

an area undergoing urban renewal
Recent Examples on the Web And they were unsatisfied with the effort – and, especially, the consequences – of urban renewal. Alex Krieger, The Conversation, 29 Sep. 2021 The subjects of gentrification and urban renewal are glimpsed through the fate of a jazz joint in this West Coast premiere. Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2021 This timely drama by first-time filmmaker Emre Kayiş is about the director of Ankara’s zoo fighting for the zoo not to be shut down in the face of urban renewal, privatization and Arab investors who want to convert it into an amusement park. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 2 Oct. 2021 Located at 1205 Eutaw Place, Unity Hall stands out as a relic of the urban renewal mania that clobbered this neighborhood. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 18 Sep. 2021 Tampa’s urban renewal project in 1965 ushered in the destruction of blocks of factories to make way for a new highway and developments. Jennifer Simonson, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Aug. 2021 In 1960, 15 years after World War II ended, Golden Gate Village was built as part of an urban renewal project. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 June 2021 In 1999, Austin implemented an urban renewal plan for parts of East Austin. Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 There were also incentives for new buyers to move into urban renewal areas, said Brian C. Johnson, a broker with Windermere Realty Trust. oregonlive, 18 July 2021

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First Known Use of urban renewal

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of urban renewal was in 1938

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22 Oct 2021

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“Urban renewal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urban%20renewal. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of urban renewal

: a process by which old buildings or buildings that are in bad condition in part of a city are replaced or repaired

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