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Resource ID: #17789
Subject: Urban Development
Source: Columbus Monthly
Date: April


"Once a thriving, diverse neighborhood, Milo-Grogan fell victim to highway development and industrial decline. Today residents, who came together to fight a proposed homeless shelter, are finding their identity and pride once again." Columbus' Milo-Grogan neighborhood had a rich history that led back to the turn of the century, a history of immigration combined with industrial growth followed by urban growth. The area saw a decline beginning in the 1960s when the Ohio Department of Transportation constructed a highway that cut through the heart of the community. By the 1990s it population had dropped from nearly 5,000 in the 1960s to 2,500, 90 percent of which were black. Lyttle discovers a community movement that organized after the city planned to put a homeless shelter in the area, and has now dedicated itself to returning the area to its former livelihood.

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