The Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) monthly seminar series provides the Rutgers–Camden community with opportunities to hear about interesting, cutting-edge research and initiatives by scholars, community activists, and others engaged in urban research and/or urban change. This month Francesca Russello Ammon, assistant professor of city and regional planning and historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania, will give the talk "Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape."
Although the decades following World War II stand out as an era of rapid growth and construction in the United States, those years were equally significant for large-scale destruction. In order to clear space for new suburban tract housing, an ambitious system of interstate highways, and extensive urban renewal development, wrecking companies demolished buildings while earthmoving contractors leveled land at an unprecedented pace and scale. This talk explores how postwar America came to equate this destruction with progress.
Learn more about upcoming CURE seminars.