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

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In Baghdad, British administrators launched into a series of urban renewal projects to cement their rule. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "What the Restoration of Iraq’s Oldest University Says About the Nation’s Future," 4 Sep. 2019 Named after that Oscar Mayer — the German immigrant who opened a butcher shop nearby and founded the eponymous hot dog company — the school was built in 1956, a year when urban renewal money paved the way for new schools and houses in Lincoln Park. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Lincoln Park elementary ends free preschool after criticism — but does it remain a perk for Chicago's richest neighborhood?," 14 June 2019 It was billed as the centrepiece of an urban renewal plan, which over time would improve health care as more doctors stayed in the region. The Economist, "Brexit or not, Derry will think in all-island terms," 8 Aug. 2019 To critics, the I-45 project, named after the main highway that will be impacted, is an urban renewal reboot, a modern version of the freeway expansion projects that wrecked neighborhoods and divided cities in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Houston’s $7 billion solution to gridlock is more highways," 5 Aug. 2019 In 1961, Mayor John F. Collins proposed a design competition for a new seat of local government to be the centerpiece of the massive Government Center urban renewal project that laid waste to Scollay Square and the West End. Anthony Flint, BostonGlobe.com, "Learning to love the world’s ugliest building," 1 July 2019 Then urban renewal came to our block and we were all hastily forced to move away. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: This toy story may not have a happy ending," 21 June 2019 In the 1950s and ’60s, Detroit planners pushed through sweeping policies of urban renewal, clearing out what were considered slums to build a more modern greater downtown. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Maurice Cox, head of Detroit's planning efforts, resigning as of September," 19 July 2019 At the behest of Napoleon III, Georges-Eugène Haussmann was responsible for Paris’s urban renewal in the 19th century, designing the famous grand boulevards the world knows today. James Mcauley, Washington Post, "How Paris's biggest migrant shelter and other spots in France are dealing with extreme heat," 26 June 2019

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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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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