Disruption & Urban Renewal

Lower Walnut Street was so special because it was more than just a busy shop lined Street, it was actually the reason why Bronzeville was able to thrive. African Americans and other clientele kept monetary resources within the communities boundaries.


This allowed money to circulate from one African American establishment to the next making it possible for everyone to make a decent living. In the mid -1950's to early 1960's two major actions took place; Urban Renewal and the construction of I-43 would disrupt the community and bring the prosperity of Bronzeville to a halt.