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 The paper flourished in the 1990s, an era when Minneapolis neighborhood groups were flush with city funds for urban renewal and Southwest Journal acted as a watchdog on them. Evan Ramstad, Star Tribune, "Southwest Journal, two magazines to close as owners seek buyer," 15 Oct. 2020 But developing open countryside, rather than air rights, would pay for the urban renewal. Myra Noveck, New York Times, "A Low-Income Quarter Needs to Grow. A Prized Forest Could Pay the Price.," 8 Oct. 2020 In the early 1970s, this part of Baltimore underwent a massive urban renewal development project and many Lumbee residences were destroyed, including most of the 1700 block of East Baltimore Street. Isabel Spiegel, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Native American Community in Baltimore Reclaims Its History," 5 Oct. 2020 In Baltimore, where the harbor once served as a model for urban renewal, stemming the decline will hinge on finding new ways to attract people and promoting the city’s unique qualities, experts say. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "As businesses close, Baltimore ponders Inner Harbor’s future: ‘The status quo is not going to work.’," 2 Oct. 2020 This whole area is the product of a 13-acre urban renewal project, which relied on eminent domain. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Times Square, Grand Central and the Laws That Build the City," 24 Sep. 2020 Stricklen said the apartment building will complement the Walker and Indiana Avenue and spur additional development in an area that has remained largely undeveloped following urban renewal projects. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, "Why some neighbors are criticizing a plan for a $70M apartment complex on Indiana Avenue," 17 Sep. 2020 The Detroit neighborhood of Black Bottom was demolished in the 1950s in an urban renewal effort that sought gentrification through cruel destruction. Julie Hinds, Freep.com, "New novel celebrates now-gone Detroit neighborhood Black Bottom," 11 Sep. 2020 Many local historians point to the 1960s as the beginning of the end for the area due to urban renewal projects and the construction of I-65. Robert Scheer, USA TODAY, "'Black Lives Matter' mural in Indianapolis defaced about a week after it was painted," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of urban renewal

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Urban renewal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urban%20renewal. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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