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Arts, Culture and Design, Economics, Economic Development and Real Estate, Governance and Politics, Housing and Community Development, Land Use, Infrastructure and Transportation, Race and Social Welfare
Overtown, once the center of African American life in Miami, lost 40% of its population when Interstate 95 was built through the heart of the community in the 1960s. Even though a variety of non-policy factors played a role in the decline of the area, expressway construction and urban renewal greatly accelerated the process. Just as important, efforts to mitigate the impact of the highway were delayed for many years, thus magnifying the negative effects of public policies. The political barriers preventing the redevelopment of Overtown are described and analyzed. The future of Overtown is critically examined and evaluated.
Date Posted: 07 July 2006
This document has been peer reviewed.