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Shrinking Cities: Urban Renewal Revisited? April 19, 2010

Filed under: Urban design and planning — Blueplate PR @ 4:05 pm
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Planetizen Newswire posted a story today (April 19, 2010) that deserves to be read (see link below).

I know too well the mistake of so-called “urban renewal” in the 60s. My first partner and I participated — because we were a brand-new firm desperate for commissions. It didn’t take me long to realize just how wrong it was. We were making money on the backs of the poor. Urban renewal was really “black removal.” Beloved neighborhoods, churches, and homes were destroyed “for the greater good.” When I refused to participate in this endeavor anymore, my partner and I parted ways.

Please, take a moment to read this wake-up-call by Roberta Brandes Gratz:


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