Comparing Mid-Century Historic Preservation and Urban Renewal Through Washington, D.C.'s Alley Dwellings
Journal of Planning History
Urban Renewal -- United States
Some understand mid-century, neighborhood-scale preservation to be a reaction to the destructive impacts of urban renewal. In Washington, D.C., however, neighborhood-scale preservation predated urban renewal. This article investigates the factors that influenced the implementation of both practices in the early 1950s, shedding light on later decisions in other cities, when the strategies were more commonly combined. A focus on the contrasting fates of alley dwellings in Georgetown and Southwest demonstrates that the built environment mattered little on its own; the scale of building conditions, geographies of race, and prevalence of private investment dictated the differential implementation of these planning approaches.
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Summer, R. (2021). Comparing Mid-century Historic Preservation and Urban Renewal through Washington, D.C.’s Alley Dwellings. Journal of Planning History, 153851322199779. https://doi.org/10.1177/1538513221997797