Understanding Urban Renewal: History Forgotten

10 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2022

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Daniel R. Mandelker

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Date Written: October 10, 2022

Abstract

Urban renewal is an important feature of urban life, but judicial, statutory, and constitutional backlash followed a U.S. Supreme Court decision that held constitutional the use of eminent domain to acquire land for redevelopment in an urban renewal project. Urban renewal got its start in the federal urban renewal program, which influenced state legislation but had a weak planning requirement and did not include blight as a requirement for urban renewal. This weakness was a factor in the problems that occurred in urban renewal and that created the backlash to the Supreme Court decision.

Keywords: urban renewal, urban life, eminent domain, land law, land use

Suggested Citation

Mandelker, Daniel R., Understanding Urban Renewal: History Forgotten (October 10, 2022). Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22-10-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4244336

Daniel R. Mandelker (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

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