Definition of Urban Renewal
(noun) The large-scale and comprehensive act or process of renovating or replacing housing and public works considered substandard or outdated.
Example of Urban Renewal
- A large metropolitan city decides to renovate and replace dilapidated and underutilized wharfs on their coastline to build parks and office buildings.
Urban Renewal Pronunciation
Syllabification: ur·ban re·new·al
- American English – /UHR-buhn ri-nOO-uhl/
- British English – /UHR-buhn ri-nyOO-uhl/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈɜrbən rɪˈnuəl/
- British English – /ˈɜːbən rɪˈnju(ː)əl/
- 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
- Word origin of “urban” and “renewal” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Bellush, Jewel. 1967. Urban Renewal: People, Politics, and Planning: A Reader on the Political Controversies and Sociological Realities of Revitalizing the American City. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.
- Corburn, Jason. 2009. Toward the Healthy City: People, Places, and the Politics of Urban Planning. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Katz, Michael B. 2001. The Price of Citizenship: Redefining the American Welfare State. New York: Metropolitan Books.
- Lang, Robert E., and Rebecca R. Sohmer. 2000. “Legacy of the Housing Act of 1949: The Past, Present, and Future of Federal Housing and Urban Policy.” Housing Policy Debate 11(2):291–98. doi:10.1080/10511482.2000.9521369.
- bedroom community
- urban sociology
- white flight
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Cite the Definition of Urban Renewal
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “urban renewal.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 29, 2023 (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 May 29, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/urban-renewal/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“urban renewal.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 29 May. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/urban-renewal/>.