urban-renewal

urban renewal

noun
the rehabilitation of city areas by renovating or replacing dilapidated buildings with new housing, public buildings, parks, roadways, industrial areas, etc., often in accordance with comprehensive plans.
Also called urban redevelopment.


Origin:
1950–55

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urban renewal
 
n
the process of redeveloping dilapidated or no longer functional urban areas

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urban renewal definition


Programs designed to clear, rebuild, and redevelop urban slums. Critics contend that although they bulldoze slums, urban renewal programs often have led to their replacement by office buildings and by apartment houses for the well-to-do.

urban renewal definition


Government-sponsored destruction of slum housing with a view to the construction of new housing.

Note: Large-scale urban renewal was engaged in during the 1960s and 1970s, after the departure of the rich and the middle class for America's suburbs had left many United States cities in decay and disrepair.
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