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Millicent “Millie” Lieb was the most vocal critic of urban renewal. She argued that city council should put the issue to the voters to decide. Under her leadership a citywide vote was held in November 1967. Support for urban renewal passed by 44 votes. Many blamed the outcome of the vote on the way the issue was worded on the ballot. Voting no approved keeping the ordinance for urban renewal, voting yes repealed the ordinance. (Video: Downtown Interrupted, John Dutt, 2009)

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Mrs. Lieb believed that the federal funds for urban renewal were intended for inner city slums, not a small town like Huron.
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Part of her strategy to derail the project was to read prepared statements at council meetings decrying the project and listing its shortcomings.
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Millicent Lieb and Huron City Council members sparred for years about urban renewal at council meetings. She was elected to council in November 1969 but resigned after 71 days in office. It was said she resigned because she believed she would be more effective in opposing the project as a resident.
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Proponents for urban renewal circulated a flier depicting dilapidated buildings in Huron's downtown.

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