urban renewal

(noun) The large-scale and comprehensive process of renovating or replacing housing and public works (e.g., parks, public buildings, roads, etc.) considered substandard or outdated.

Example: A large metropolitan city decides to renovate and replace dilapidated and underutilized wharfs on their coastline to build parks and office buildings.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: urban renewals
  • Urban renewal programs often disproportionately impact the elderly, racial minorities, and the poor. Residents in urban renewal areas are often forcibly relocated or cannot afford to live in the newly renovated areas (because of higher taxes or rent) and are thus displaced and replaced by wealthier individuals in a process called gentrification.
  • Also called:
    • urban redevelopment
    • urban regeneration
    • urban revitalization

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How to Cite the Definition of Urban Renewal

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “urban renewal.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/urban-renewal/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

urban renewal. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/urban-renewal/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “urban renewal.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/urban-renewal/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“urban renewal.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/urban-renewal/>.