The Effectiveness of Urban Renewal Efforts in Three Major Cities at Stemming Urban Decline and Instituting Positive Social Change: What Can Be Learned?
Beers, Eric William
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This paper seeks to make connections between three major cities and their urban renewal efforts in the recent past. Portland (OR), Minneapolis, and Boston are each examined for their unique approach or solution to urban renewal. Portland’s very unique political culture, regional government and development control mechanisms will be discussed. Minneapolis’ progressive neighborhood based development program called The Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) which will be the focus of attention. Finally, Boston’s was served in the 80’s and 90’s by a very progressive mayor named Ray Flynn. His contributions to Boston were widespread but for the purpose of this paper we will focus on his contributions to housing in Boston. Taken together these three cities shed light on very positive urban renewal techniques and paradigms.
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