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The Difficult Legacy of Urban Renewal

December 15, 2010

Richard Longstreth
Thursday, January 20
SCAD Student Center, 120 Montgomery Street, Savannah

The Difficult Legacy of Urban Renewal
Although the federal urban renewal program of the post-World War II era has been much maligned for mass clearance policies, wholesale relocation of households, and schemes that sometimes failed to catalyze anticipated revitalization, the program also yielded some projects that have left a remarkable legacy. Society Hill in Philadelphia, the Southwest in Washington, Lafayette park in Detroit, Lake Meadows in Chicago, and the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco are among the projects analyzed for their attributed in planning, urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture. Detailed historical study and analysis on a case-by-case basis is needed if significant portions of the urban renewal legacy are to be adequately protected.

All lectures are presented by SCAD’s architectural history department and are free and open to the public.

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