urban renewal

noun

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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To make sure the developments were attuned to what people want and need and didn’t repeat urban renewal’s mistakes, KCA worked closely with communities where the homes would be built. Diana Budds, Curbed, "3 ways architects can improve social equity," 8 Nov. 2018 In the mid-1960s, the city hired architect I.M. Pei to develop a master plan for urban renewal. Andrew R. Graybill, WSJ, "‘Boom Town’ Review: Oklahoma OK’d," 20 Sep. 2018 Like many old traditions, arabbing has greatly diminished in Baltimore due to development and urban renewal. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "Ties between urban horsemen, Mennonites bolster old trade," 4 Sep. 2018 Gentrification and urban renewal have pushed low-income and people of color out of the inner city, out to the outer edges. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 There’s a 1958 picture of President Dwight D. Eisenhower reviewing Southwest D.C. urban renewal plans with developers William Zeckendorf, Sr., and John Remon. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "A New Show About Neighborhoods Facing Gentrification Offers a Cautionary Tale," 9 May 2018 Then gentrification picked up where urban renewal left off. Jason Fagone, San Francisco Chronicle, "London Breed’s sudden, short term as SF’s acting mayor," 28 Jan. 2018 Black Bottom was the term used for Detroit's initial African-American settlement, centered on Hastings Street, which was wiped out in the 1950s by urban renewal and the construction of the Chrysler Freeway, both I-75 and I-375. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Juneteenth, official end to U.S. slavery, remembered at Detroit festival," 16 June 2018 The borrower, likely the city or urban renewal agency, could pay back its loan by assessing a fee of one penny for every gallon of fuel that moves through the new terminal. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A 60-year-old fuel terminal could leave Boise’s Bench. Here’s what could replace it.," 11 July 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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urban renewal

noun

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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