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Urban Renewal

The term Urban Renewal refers to a municipal planning process, with racist origins, of clearing inner city areas that are classified as “blighted” or as slums. After the passage of the Housing Act of 1949, this practice became much more widespread across the nation.

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A Model for Healthy Black Communities: The U Street Historic District in DC

Today the Greater U Street Historic District in northwest Washington, D.C. is an upscale, mixed commercial and residential neighborhood. Rated as the most walkable neighborhood in D.C., it is full of interesting restaurants, bars, cafes, boutiques, street murals, a farmer's market, and live entertainment. It is also a tourist destination where you can see multiple historic sites that still survive from when the area around U Street was a thriving, middle class black neighborhood and a center of black culture and leadership.

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Restoring Communities Left Behind

Early February saw Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) introduced the Restoring Communities Left Behind Act to the House of Representatives. The legislation outlines a plan that, if enacted, will allocate $5 billion for "neighborhood revitalization" between fisca...

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