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Urbanoutdoors
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Post Number: 196
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Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 - 1:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was reading about the 3.2 million dollars that was part of the new deal awarded to Detroit for slum clearance what projects was it used for?
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Urbanoutdoors
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Post Number: 197
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Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 - 1:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It was what created the Detroit Housing Commission. Led to the lower half of Black Bottom being turned into Lafayette Park and I-75, but what else?

(Message edited by Urbanoutdoors on April 16, 2007)
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Lmichigan
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Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 - 6:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Brewster, Douglass, and Jeffries projects.
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Urbanoutdoors
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Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 - 6:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sojourner Truth probably as well I assume.
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Urbanoutdoors
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Post Number: 209
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Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 11:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

June Manning Thomas Shows these public housing sites in Detroit as of a 1985 Map.
-Smith Homes
-Herman Gardens
-Lee Plaza
-Warren West Apartments
-Jeffries Homes
-Temple Towers
-Wolverine Apts
-Brewster Douglass
-Harriet Tubman Terrace
-Woodland Apts
-State Fair Apts
-Sojourner Truth
-Charles Terrace
-Forest Park Place
-Diggs Terrace
-Sheridan Place
-Sheridan Place II
-Connor Waveney APTs
-Parkside
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Detroitplanner
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Post Number: 1201
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Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 12:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There were no slums cleared when Herman Gardens was built. It was farmland. I'd assume that other developments such as Parkside were the same.

(Message edited by Detroitplanner on April 18, 2007)
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Urbanoutdoors
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Post Number: 211
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Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 12:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Gotham was destroyed in 1963 because of slum clearance.
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Psip
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Post Number: 1815
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Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 1:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

In the 60's, urban renewal dollars were flowing out of Washington. The "slums" of Detroit were first on the hit list. As mentioned above, large tracts were cleared, and many still remain undeveloped today.
Walter Shammy <sp> tried several time to develop an "International Village" I think Michigan Ave and Third was to be the location of this development.
Shamme ran unsuccessfully against Jerry Cavanagh's re election.
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Detroitnerd
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Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 1:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Was that Plum Street?
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Psip
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Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 2:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Plum Street was Hippyville.
I spent a lot of time there in 67 when I was at Cass. Lots of incense all the time. :-)
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Dustin89
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Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 3:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Is that high-rise apartment building at State Fair & Woodward public housing?
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Urbanoutdoors
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Post Number: 212
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Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 4:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I believe that is the State Fair apartments.
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Aoife
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Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 12:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It took down the surrounding neighborhoods to make way for the Brewster projects. The first house to go was at 651 Benton, and there was a huge pageant surrounding it, as Mrs. Roosevelt came to see it off. New Deal money was used to make the Parkside projects at the same time- because you couldn't use federal money to discriminate or favor one race over another, Parkside was made for whites and Brewster was for African American Families.
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Detroitplanner
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Post Number: 1211
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Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 1:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The parents used to take this young planner to International Village and Plum Street back in the day. The IV never became anything much more than a place to hold ethnic festivals. These eventually moved to the area between Cobo and the River and finally to Hart Plaza.

I can recall candy stores, bikers, and hippies with Plum Street.

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