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South Hill neighborhood, 1976

Posted on March 26, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
Aerial photo of the South Hill neighborhood in late January 1976. At the time, the Urban County Council had reaffirmed its decision to level most of the houses south of High Street to make way for a 16 acre surface parking lot for what would become Rupp Arena and Lexington Center. Construction of the Hyatt Regency Hotel had just started. The decision would make way for the 2,000 plus  parking spaces in the low-income residential area of South Hill. Despite a public movement to save the neighborhood the majority of the houses were torn down by early 1978. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

An aerial photo of Lexington’s South Hill neighborhood in late January 1976. At the time, the Urban County Council had reaffirmed its decision to level most of the houses south of High Street to make way for a 16-acre surface parking lot for Rupp Arena, upper middle, and Lexington Center, which opened the following October. Construction of the Hyatt Regency Hotel had just begun. The decision would make way for more than 2,000 parking spaces in the low-income residential area of South Hill. Despite a public movement to save the neighborhood, the majority of the houses were torn down by early 1978. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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