urban renewal


the rehabilitation of city areas by renovating or replacing dilapidated buildings with new housing, public buildings, parks, roadways, industrial areas, etc., often in accordance with comprehensive plans.

Nearby words

  1. urban iii,
  2. urban iv,
  3. urban legend,
  4. urban myth,
  5. urban planning,
  6. urban sociology,
  7. urban sprawl,
  8. urban v,
  9. urban vi,
  10. urban vii

Origin of urban renewal

First recorded in 1950–55

Also called urban redevelopment.

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British Dictionary definitions for urban renewal

urban renewal


the process of redeveloping dilapidated or no longer functional urban areas
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Culture definitions for urban renewal

urban renewal

Government-sponsored destruction of slum housing with a view to the construction of new housing.


Large-scale urban renewal was engaged in during the 1960s and 1970s, after the departure of the rich and the middle class for America's suburbs had left many United States cities in decay and disrepair.

Programs designed to clear, rebuild, and redevelop urban slums. Critics contend that although they bulldoze slums, urban renewal programs often have led to their replacement by office buildings and by apartment houses for the well-to-do.

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