Penn IUR Publications

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 2002


Copyright Urban Affairs Association. Reprinted from Journal of Urban Affairs, Volume 24, Issue 1, January 2002, pages 75-95. Sidney Wong was a faculty member in the Department of City & Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania, from 2000 to 2007.


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

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