Urban Renewal and Development Case Study of
UrbanRenewal and Development Case Study of
Urbanrenewal and development case study of
Revitalization,commonly known as urban renewal, is a program that involvesredeveloping the land in the areas that are moderately dense forurban purposes (Anderson1964). The program might also include demolishing of old structures,relocating business to new areas or it may also involve relocatingpeople to new areas (Anderson1964). In this essay urban renewal in Kansas City (the largestMissouri`s city and also the sixth in size the Midwestern parts ofthe United States of America) will be discussed with a case study ofthe Linwood Family YMCA renewal project. The later will also describethe nature of the project, the involved government policy and itsimpact to the environment and society at large.
TheLinwood facility being renewed is located at Kansas` Indiana avenuenumber 3221. This project started on 29thof March 2016 and it will be due for completion by the year 2017. The facility will contain a swimming pool for life saving lessons andalso for all year round recreational purposes for the locals. It willalso contain a health wellness center where locals can consult onhealth issues and also engage in exercises that will reduce heartdiseases. The facility will also contain a common room that will alsoserve as an interaction place where people of all ages and races willengage. To facilitate this, the facility will be fitted with aninternet connection. Also, public meeting will be held in this publichall. For social educational purposes the facility will be fittedwith studios to handle the various activities such as choreographyclasses, music and arts. Last but not least, a fun and safe place forkids where they will play and learn is catered by having anenrichment area for the kids. Lastly, the previous gym will gothrough a renovation process. At the gym, the community will engagein social activities and health exercises.
TheInvolved Government Policy and its impacts
Thegovernment serves as the main character in the development andrenewal of urban centers facilities and infrastructure such as roadsand the transportation network that makes the city to thrive andgrow. This will influence the character of major urban environmentswhich may include parks, public recreational facilities, schools andcommunity library (Gotham2001). This will call for a government policy to better regulate andensure a proper renovation and development is carried out in maincities across the world. In this case, the major legal policy usedwas land zoning and land use which is basically issued at city or atthe county level. The stated policy intends to lay an overlay planand vision that will foster the growth and development of acommunity. The policy also seeks to promote and foster a healthywelfare of the community at large. The law considered here willimpact the community both positively and negatively. If well adheredto, it might foster or reduce the development of crime in the city ofKansas. This is determined by the physical layout and thearchitectural design of the Linwood Family YMCA facility. Consideringits purpose, the Linwood will improve the normal lifestyle of thesurrounding community as it will influence a common occurrence ofphysical activities and interactions of the local community. It willalso impact a positive development health wise. Considering itslocation the users of the facility will get an access to healthy foodoptions and facilities such as hotels and restaurant(https://kansascityymca.org/locations/linwood).
Inconclusion, the development project described above will foster ahealthy development of the community because of factors such as itslocation which could be near to other government facilities that willhelp reduce psychological stress and also foster a positivedevelopment health wise.
Anderson,M. (1964). The Federal bulldozer. A critical analysis of urbanrenewal, 1949-1962.
Gotham,K. F. (2001). A city without slums: Urban renewal, public housing,and downtown Revitalization in Kansas City, Missouri. AmericanJournal of Economics and Sociology, 60(1),285-316.
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