Friday, May 8, 2015

Urban Renewal Flashback: Fresno Edition

One of the great virtues of the post-You Tube life is that many of the Fifties' and Sixties' booster videos for urban renewal projects are readily available.  One such video I just found, which was forwarded to me by my colleague Lee Dillion, provides a cringe-worthy argument for the pedestrian malls that came to devastate downtown Fresno.  It's worth a watch here:


As folks may know, the Fresno pedestrian mall-ification of its downtown was considered a precedent-setting move in the Sixties.  Unfortunately, it ruined the downtown, and now Fresno is trying to take out the malls and replace them with a "complete streets"-style of roadway.  See more here and here.

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