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The area targeted for redevelopment encompassed the downtown business district from Shirley and Mill streets to South Street, the city hall block bounded by Shirley, Williams and Main streets and Route 2 as well as three parcels that included the bowling alley and Twine House. The plan called for the demolition of 57 businesses and 21 residences on Main and Williams Street. (Video: Downtown Interrupted, Dean Sheldon, 2009)

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In the early 1960s most of the downtown buildings were over 60 years old and run down. Many were vacant and others were rat-infested. Some business owners owned the buildings, others rented from landlords who weren’t interested in keeping up their properties or could not afford needed renovations. A survey found 49 per cent of the downtown buildings substandard.
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Main Street looking north prior to urban renewal.
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Huron City Council passed the ordinance approving urban renewal by emergency legislation, which was opposed by many Huron residents. They believed the issue should be put to a vote by the people.
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Main Street looking south prior to urban renewal.

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