The Present-Day Result of 1960's "Urban Renewal" in St. Louis
The image above is taken from Google Maps of the St. Louis Place Park area of the City of St. Louis. Block after inner city block in the name of urban renewal and "slum clearance" was bulldozed over 30 years ago and today what remains is a near-deserted wasteland in the "renewed" areas. In those same 30 years, suburban and exurban expansion to the once rural lands to the west and to the south of St. Louis has exploded. New Orleans, for the part, avoided most of the federally-funded urban renewal programs and this decision left New Orleans with most of it's historic neighborhoods and structures intact. It is possible and unfortunate however, that a similar "checkboard" pattern of development (mostly vacant lots populated with sporadic structures here and there) could be the post-KTMB outcome in the heavily flood-impacted areas of New Orleans such as Lakeview, Gentilly, and New Orleans East. Hopefully, this will be minimalized long term.
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