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Boston exhibit to focus on evolution of urban renewal

September 24, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the West End Museum are collaborating on an exhibition on the evolution of urban renewal.

An opening reception for “Dewey Defeats Truman/The Housing Act of 1949” is planned for Thursday. The title refers to the famous headline from a November 1948 edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune that incorrectly stated President Harry S. Truman has lost his re-election campaign.

Truman went on to establish the Housing Act of 1949, which provided cities across the country with funding for “slum clearance,” a controversial urban renewal strategy.

The BRA played a controversial role in dramatically reshaping the West End neighborhood by demolishing large sections of it for redevelopment during the 1950s and 1960s.

The exhibition will be on display until January.

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