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BRA and West End Museum to host opening reception for urban renewal exhibit

Sep 23, 2015

Partnership explores past, present, and future of program that helped shape modern Boston
Photo courtesy of Boston City Archives
Staff from the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the West End Museum will come together tomorrow night for an opening reception to celebrate the museum’s new exhibition entitled Dewey Defeats Truman/The Housing Act of 1949. The exhibit traces the origin and history of urban renewal, which President Harry S. Truman pushed as a solution to America’s post-World War II housing crisis.
In Boston, the program is often synonymous with the controversial and sweeping redevelopment of the West End in the 1950s. Yet urban renewal has evolved significantly over time to become a much more nuanced set of development tools. The BRA has designed a complementary exhibit about the future of urban renewal as part of the larger exhibition. The unique partnership with the museum is an example of the BRA’s efforts to creatively and thoughtfully engage the public as the agency seeks a ten-year extension of its urban renewal authority. People are encouraged to visit for more information.
The reception and exhibition, which will be on display until January 2016, are free and open to the public.
Event details:
WHEN: TOMORROW! Thursday, September 24, 2015
6:30-8:30 PM
WHERE: West End Museum (at West End Place)
150 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
WHO: Brian Golden, Director, BRA/EDIC
Susan A. Hanson, Director, West End Museum
Duane Lucia, Bill Kuttner, and Jim Briand, Curators, West End Museum


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