In Memory of Bloomington Houses We’ve Lost 1949-1980
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This video takes you through some the most beautiful and wonderful homes and houses we lost during the era of “Urban Renewal” from 1949-1980. Sometimes its good to remember what we had, as it makes us all appreciate what is left so much more.
I’ve written pretty extensively on the topic of Urban Renewal recently, and it was part of our presentation at the History Center last month, so I won’t go into more specifics about why it happened, and how it happened. The result, however, was turning hundreds of our oldest and most ornate homes and buildings into parking lots. If developers of those days could go back in time, I think even they too would recognize that so much of the demolition was in fact unnecessary and that the restored old homes make beautiful business buildings and restaurants, as is evidence around the E 4th Street stretch of old homes still standing today in Bloomington.
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