Renewing Inequality is a project from the University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab that provides information and data visualizations about urban renewal projects that took place in U.S. cities between 1950 and 1966. These visualizations are based on data from the Urban Renewal Project Quarterly (a federal government publication) and from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annual reports. As the project team explains on this website, urban renewal projects had the "ostensible goal" of providing better housing for city residents. In practice, these programs displaced hundreds of thousands of individuals, impacting residents of large cities (including Chicago, San Francisco, and New York) along with residents of many smaller metropolitan areas. These policies disproportionately displaced communities of color. On this website, visitors can explore a number of interactive visualizations that illustrate the impact of these policies across the U.S. To learn more about the history of urban renewal policies in the U.S., visitors will want to visit the legislative history and sources & method section of this website. Renewing Inequality may especially be of interest to instructors of geography, history, or public policy.
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