"Urban Renewal" in '50s–'60s
Back when I lived in Chicago, I had a nice apartment that backed onto Nichols Park, a park with an area of about two square blocks in Hyde Park. I heard, partway through my time living there, that several of the parks in Hyde Park were the result of "urban renewal", which was basically explained to me as the expropriation & demolition of dodgy apartment buildings. Nichols Park was apparently one of these parks, as were the landscaped strips on the north side of 55th Street between University (?) and Drexel (?).
Is my conception of this "urban renewal" process accurate? It sounds a bit dodgy to me, since it seems like an instance of people in power using that power to disrupt the lives of the powerless. Did this happen in other neighborhoods as well, either on the South Side or anywhere else in Chicago?