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Dinkytown building demolition

There has been an increase in construction of new luxury apartment complexes near the University of Minnesota campus. One Dinkytown resident captured this video of a building being demolished in a lot intended to house one of these new apartment developments. What do you think about the urban renewal projects?

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  1. Submitted by Evan Roberts on 06/24/2013 - 03:35 pm.

    This is not really “urban renewal”

    “Urban renewal” was a specific group of government-sponsored demolition and redevelopment projects in the 1960s and 1970s that often had the characteristic of whole blocks being demolished at the same time. The failure of “urban renewal” was often that no new developments went in for a long time. Justifiably it got a bad name as a policy.

    When a private company demolishes a building, and immediately puts up something else, that is renewing an urban area, but it’s not “urban renewal” as it was practiced in the 1960s and 1970s.

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