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University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington, KY 40506-0004)
Douglas R. Appler (Project Director: December 2017 to February 2022)
Brent Cebul (Co Project Director: December 2017 to February 2022)

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

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$42,000 (approved)
$42,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019

Reassessing the History of Urban Renewal in the United States, 1950–1975

A conference and publications on the impact of urban renewal in the United States, 1950-1975.

During the mid-20th century, civic and political elites in more than 1,200 communities across the United States used federal urban renewal program funds to initiate locally planned slum clearance and redevelopment efforts. These projects had profound consequences for the communities involved, as they frequently targeted their oldest neighborhoods and most vulnerable populations. Efforts to write the history of urban renewal have been hampered by difficulties accessing data that correspond to its broad national impact. Many new data sources are making it possible for urban historians, planners, and architectural historians, among others, to more closely align urban renewal scholarship with the diverse geographies affected by the program. This conference will explore the consequences of urban renewal, prioritizing under-explored geographic scales, including small cities, suburbs, states, and regions, rather than the perspective of the single project in the major central city.