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Derek Hyra on Urban Renewal: Shaw/U Street

Document date: November 11, 2010
Released online: November 11, 2010

Author Derek Hyra talks about the revitalization of Washington, D.C.’s Shaw/U Street neighborhood—a once thriving cultural center for African Americans in the early 1900s that still bears the scars of riots after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968. Hyra is studying the area’s recent comeback and lessons for reducing concentrated poverty in other city neighborhoods.

Derek Hyra, an Urban Institute Affiliated Scholar and associate professor of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Tech, wrote The New Urban Renewal: The Economic Transformation of Harlem and Bronzeville.


Part 1: The history, decline, and revitalization of the Shaw neighborhood


Part 2: Who Benefits? Gentrification and Social Integration


Topics/Tags: | Economy/Taxes | Washington D.C. Region

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