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  Mill Creek Valley Renewal
Category:  Planning and Development
Brief Description:  In December 1954, an application was filed for survey and planning funds for the renewal of Mill Creek Valley, an area of the warehouses and dilapidated townhouses located on the southwest side of downtown. Almost three years later, on November 20, 1957, the commissioners of the Land Clearance Authority authorized the filing of an application to the federal government for a loan and grant for the renewal of Mill Creek Valley. As the first steps in the renewal of the 454-acre slum, the acquisition of properties and the relocation of displaced families began in 1958. The Mill Creek Renewal effort made St. Louis the first city in the U.S. to undertake such a massive redevelopment program. Demolition for the clearing of Mill Creek Valley began in 1959 with the razing of a 90-year-old townhouse. The area, which once considered the City┬┤s worst slump, exemplified what urban renewal could do in rebuilding a city from within. New housing was completed and occupied by 1972; commercial and industrial developments provided jobs; and the expansion of Saint Louis University was facilitated.
Year:  1958
Decade:  1950 - 1959



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