The effects of urban renewal on African Americans in Charlotte, North Carolina, the case of the Brooklyn neighborhood: 1960-1974.
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The federal urban renewal program, which was created as part of the Housing Act of 1949, was designed to provide cities with money to rehabilitate their infrastructure by replacing old decaying buildings and blighted inner city areas. Almost in every city urban renewal took effect, African Americans were the ones whose homes and places of business were deemed blighted, and as a result, were removed to make room for new governmental and private business structures. The city of Charlotte chose to participate in urban renewal in 1960. The Brooklyn neighborhood, which was located in Charlotte's Second Ward, was the first black community chosen to be developed. In a period of 14 years, more than 900 families were removed from their homes in Brooklyn as the entire neighborhood was demolished. This paper will first, establish the historical background of how African Americans were treated in terms of housing policies in Charlotte during the twentieth century. Second, it will construct the story of urban renewal in Charlotte by exploring the role of the media and local leaders in the decision making. Third, this paper will evaluate the aftermath of urban renewal upon the former residents of Brooklyn.
AFRICAN AMERICANBLACKSBROOKLYNCHARLOTTEURBAN REMOVALURBAN RENEWAL
Mixon, GregoryHicks, Cheryl
Thesis (M.A.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2014.
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