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
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.
Photo courtesy of Boston City Archives
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 www.bostonurbanrenewal.org for more information.
The reception and exhibition, which will be on display until January 2016, are free and open to the public.
TOMORROW! Thursday, September 24, 2015
West End Museum (at West End Place)
150 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Brian Golden, Director, BRA/EDIC
Susan A. Hanson, Director, West End Museum
Duane Lucia, Bill Kuttner, and Jim Briand, Curators, West End Museum