URBAN RENEWAL AND DISPLACEMENT LEADS TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION RESPONSE

URBAN RENEWAL AND DISPLACEMENT LEADS TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION RESPONSE

Announcement Date: January 1, 1961

Traditional displacement of the 1950s and 60s occurred through the direct removal of low-income families to make way for a highway or urban renewal project.

Urban renewal, also called “slum clearance” by some, began in Greensboro during the late 1950s and 1960’s. During this time, the city Department of Housing and Community Development reported that “approximately 2,100 families and individuals and 362 businesses had been relocated, and about 2,200 buildings had been demolished. Disproportionately, African American individuals and businesses were harshly affected by these urban renewal projects.

The community and residents of these areas have took a part in organizing to stop the urban renewal process.

The Housing and Community Development Act was passed to change the focus of the Redevelopment Commission to neighborhood revitalization activities rather than large-scale clearance

(Information: An Overview of Greensboro Race Relations, 1808-1980- UNCG)