Economics and Ethics : A Case Study of Revitalization Activities in Lower-Income Heartside, Grand Rapids
Calloway, Dylan A.
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The purpose of this study is to give a comprehensive analysis of Grand Rapids revitalization efforts in the neighborhood of Heartside. Urban Renewal has been universal in cities as properties built in the post-WWII era continue to age and deteriorated. It contains different trends and movements, each with separate and unique agendas. Grand Rapids seems, like many other mid-large cities, ensconced in Renewal Madness. Renewal's positive results range from increased energy efficiency to positive economic stimulation. However, a coin has two sides. Urban Renewal can also possess negative implications for citizens within a city. Some of those implications are redlining, gentrification and displacement. This study looks at how Grand Rapids weighs the positive and negative impacts of Urban Renewal in Heartside's complex socioeconomic climate. These activities are well documented in the only Michigan City larger than Grand Rapids - Detroit. Where there is a plethora of scholarly literature on Detroit's approach to Urban Renewal, there is a shortfall in Grand Rapids' catalog.