Imbalance of power, retro edition: Urban renewal in SW Washington, D.C.
Trying to get a better idea of what mid-century people were thinking, pushing forward with urban renewal projects that demolished thousands houses and displaced hundreds of thousands of low-income people, I’ve been watching documentaries online. Today’s documentary goes a little bit into what happens when an area is declared a slum and cleared, when promises to the displaced are broken. Whether it’s clearing a neighborhood for a freeway, a mall, an arena, or bulldozing individual houses so you can pack as many people in as possible, the power is never with the individuals, and for some reason governments are too inefficient to help. This pains me to say; I would love to see helpful and effective government agencies, but they are often conspicuously absent from these stories.
Posted on April 10, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged affordable housing, demolition, displacement, gentrification, historic preservation, income inequality, poverty, urban renewal. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.