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Research Query - Relationship between Urban Renewal and Municipal Finances

Hello Everyone,

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I'm working on a history of urban renewal in New York State and a research question has arisen regarding the relationship between urban renewal and municipal finances. Essentially, if an urban renewal area remained cleared and vacant for several years, that had to affect property tax revenue. And increased spending on urban renewal would've affected the other side of the income statement as well.

Query: Failed Urban Renewal Sites

I am in search of any literature on failed federal urban renewal projects.  By “failed” I mean those projects for which land was cleared, but little or nothing was rebuilt and the renewal area remained vacant.  Although some of these projects were restarted later, they remained vacant for decades.  Thank you! Stacy Sewell  ssewell@stac.edu