Latest Urban renewal News

New historical museum will tell the story of East Baltimore

Jan. 23, 2022 09:04 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The old black-and-white photo shot sometime in the 1930s depicts dozens of children crammed shoulder to shoulder on top of an outdoor raised platform that served as a public bath. The youngsters’ arms are raised skyward, and they are getting drenched from five...

'Wuhan, I Am Here': Film follows volunteers in sealed city

Jan. 22, 2022 00:18 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The homeless, the sick, the elderly: For people who fell through the cracks of the official system, the then-unprecedented decision to isolate the central Chinese city of Wuhan and its 13 million people was a matter of life or death. Film director Lan Bo hopes to...

Matt Doherty leaving as head of Casino Reinvestment agency

Jan. 12, 2022 16:29 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The head of a state agency tasked with helping to redevelop Atlantic City using reinvested casino money is stepping down. Matthew Doherty is leaving his post as executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority at the end of January for...

Ravaged by 1968 riots, Parkland Ky. is coming back to life

Jan. 08, 2022 11:24 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Flower beds in a community garden at the heart of Parkland have faded as winter sets in. But around them, the neighborhood is blooming. Customers shout greetings as they step through the door of the Parkland Neighborhood Food Mart. Ladders...

Seedlings help Louisiana park replace destroyed trees

Jan. 08, 2022 10:33 AM EST

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — Donated seedlings and volunteer labor have let a Louisiana state park replace more than 400 of the cypress trees destroyed by hurricanes over the past two years. Volunteers planted the trees Wednesday at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, Louisiana...

Santa Monica offers housing to families displaced by highway

Dec. 26, 2021 16:04 PM EST

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The city of Santa Monica will offer affordable housing to Black families forced out during freeway construction and other urban renewal projects of the 1950s, according to a newspaper report Sunday. Some 600 families lost their homes when Interstate 10...

Atlanta owns up to legacy of convict labor that rebuilt city

Dec. 23, 2021 13:06 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The City of Atlanta's official seal shows a phoenix rising from the ashes of the Civil War. What it doesn’t show is that Atlanta was rebuilt with slavery’s successor: convict labor, working in horrific conditions to break granite at the Bellwood Quarry and burn clay at the...

Louisiana launches $11M housing program for Hurricane Laura

Nov. 22, 2021 17:01 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly 15 months after Hurricane Laura struck, Louisiana is kicking off $11.3 million in housing repair and rebuilding programs for the southwestern city of Lake Charles while it waits for hundreds of millions in promised federal aid to arrive. ...

TV report: Vegas-area sewage spilled into creek to Lake Mead

Nov. 20, 2021 15:08 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A big southern Nevada sewage pumping facility failed last year, spewing an estimated 500,000 gallons of wastewater and leaking into a creek that leads toward the Lake Mead reservoir on the Colorado River, a television station investigation found. ...

Family, activists seek answers in Black Missouri man's death

Nov. 11, 2021 16:13 PM EST

SPANISH LAKE, Mo. (AP) — A puzzling, broad-daylight shooting at a small-town trailer park is renewing concerns among activists about how justice is doled out when a Black person is killed in Missouri. A neighbor killed Justin King, 28, on Nov. 3 at the neighbor's mobile...