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  • Barrio Land Deal

    In a poorer section of San Diego, a site was set aside for a development that would help a local rebirth. But the lot "sits vacant, surrounded by a fence, filled with trash." A KGTV investigation finds that while the city continues to pay an $8 million loan from Housing and Urban Development for the development of the area, nothing has happened on the property. The land continues to increase in value, and the developer continues to do nothing.
  • New Visions of Vine Street

    Investigation of how city leaders and concerned citizens are trying to revitalize the urban core of Cincinnati, Ohio. The investigation began in 2001 following race riots in Cincinnati. An hourlong documentary aired in 2001 sparked changes and initiatives to revitalize Vine Street. This new documentary shows what has happened in the past five years.
  • The Spending Authority

    This investigation focused on Colorado's Urban Renewal Authorities. The report found that the organization is not accountable, and can freely spend tax dollars on frivolous things and personal benefits.
  • Bringing Down the House

    A Riverfront Times investigation exposes St. Louis City's "demolition craze." The report reveals that the Housing Authority has failed to fix and use its old vandalized buildings, while at the same time hundreds of large families are waiting for subsidized housing. The story focuses on a house at 5950 Enright Avenue, which the Housing Authority insists on tearing down, even though neighbors want to buy it, and a building inspector recommends saving it. "Once a house is condemned, boarded up and labeled "V&V" (vacant and vandalized", demolition's the next step," the Times reports.
  • Our Town

    "Take a look at the sad statistics of the Southeast Police Division, the deadliest neighborhood in Los Angeles. Now look again. While some are killing each other, others are working, raising kids and building dreams." In the LAPD's Southeast Division, also known as South-Central, crime and violence is a way of life. From January 1, 2000 to mid-December 76 people were killed, of those 23 were 21 years or younger. The area has been given the title of "deadliest police division in the city." But as Stewart finds, people in South-Central aren't willing to give up. Resident's are trying to revitalize the community through clean-up programs and make it a safer place for children through watch programs. Stewart collects stories of hope and devastations from the people who live in the "deadliest police division in the city."
  • The First Signs of Rebirth

    "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.
  • Divided Feast

    When Fresh Fields opened its doors on Washington D.C.'s low-rent P Street neighborhood in December 2000 many were unsure if the opulent nationwide organic grocer chain could survive in an area known more for "Popeyes and bulletproof windows." As part of a larger revitalization of D.C.'s Logan Circle area that began in the early 1990s, Fresh Fields was lured to P Street by a concerned group of citizens determined to set the neighborhood in a new direction with high quality grocers, a bakery, a hardware store, and upscale bicycle shop. Now Fresh Fields handles 20,000 transactions a week and is transforming not only the face of the community, but also the people who live in it.
  • Death of a Neighborhood

    The city of New Haven collected more federal urban renewal dollars per capita than any other city in the 1960's, many of those dollars went towards the razing of areas such as the city's Oak Street section; the "renewal" was one of a growing trend of poorly handled urban renewal projects
  • The Real Deal

    Kent examines the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and the effect this organization has on Atlantic City. The CRDA, formed 16 years ago, is an organization that has already spent more than $500 million on urban renewal projects, most of them in Atlantic City,
  • The economic cleansing of San Francisco

    This special anniversary edition asks if San Francisco is becoming the first fully gentrified city in America. There are reports on housing costs, chain stores, homelessness, and evictions in "hot" neighborhoods.