Southwest Urban Renewal Area, 1955

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After World War II, federal legislation facilitated the demolition of urban neighborhoods throughout the United States by subsidizing projects that coupled slum clearance with the construction of low-cost public housing. Although the Housing Act of 1954 provided funds for projects that retained and rehabilitated existing buildings, condemnation and land disposal
were already well underway in Southwest D.C.

© (1959) The Washington Post (Vic Casamento), Reprinted with Permission