urban renewal

  

Definition

The process where an urban neighborhood or area is improved and rehabilitated. The renewal process can include demolishing old or run-down buildings, constructing new, up-to-date housing, or adding in features like a theater or stadium. Urban renewal is usually undergone for the purposes of persuading wealthier individuals to come live in that area. Urban renewal is often part of the gentrification process.

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  • I was really excited at the prospect of urban renewal because this was my home neighborhood and I loved it.

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  • The urban renewal brought with it gentrification which was unfortunate for the residents who could not afford the new rent prices.

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  • My neighborhood used to be full of empty storefronts and boarded up houses but thanks to an aggressive urban renewal project there are now new housing developments and shopping centers in their place.

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