How My Hometown Can Heal Its Urban Renewal Wounds

The Phoenix Building, formerly the Auburn Savings Bank, an iconic structure in Downtown Auburn, N.Y.
The Alcoa turbine on display in Downtown Badin, North Carolina (photo/Nancy Pierce)
State Street in Downtown Auburn before urban renewal.
Corning’s Gaffer District
Lattimore Hall on Genesee Street in Downtown Auburn
State Street in Downtown Auburn today. This block was spared by urban renewal.
An aerial view of Market Street Park in Auburn, surrounded by parking lots and roads.
The San Antonio Riverwalk
The Auburn police/fire building as it faces Market Street Park and the Owasco River. The building was designed a century ago by the distinguished Boston firm of Coolidge Shepley Bullfinch and Abbott.
The intersection of the Auburn Arterial and North Street in Downtown Auburn, one block from Market Square Park.
The Embarcadero in Downtown San Francisco. The boulevard was formerly an elevated freeway.
A rendering of the proposed “community grid’ that would replace the elevated I-81 in Downtown Syracuse.

Author, urban planner & former politician. Hometown: Auburn, NY. Mayor: Ventura, CA. Planning Dir: San Diego. Now Dir of Kinder Inst at Rice U. in Houston.

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