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Lawrence symposium to examine development projects from 1949 through the 1970s

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Posted: Monday, July 20, 2015 5:58 am

By Terry Date tdate@eagletribune.com

LAWRENCE — The Lawrence History Center is preparing a symposium on urban renewal and lessons learned from the way it played out decades ago.

It's a timely event, given the city's interest in new development geared to job creation and opportunity for residents.

Reclaiming Urban Renewal, a daylong conference May 7, 2016, at the Everett Mill, will look at how urban renewal has shaped Lawrence and other mid-size industrial cities since World War II.

It will look at the tear-down of aging housing, highway construction through neighborhoods, and the destruction of immigrant communities from about 1949 to the 1970s.

It will also highlight plans to involve and benefit the public more in future urban renewal projects in Lawrence, a city of 6.93 square miles with about 78,000 people and 27,137 housing units.