Losing Home: The Loss of Black-Owned Businesses

When the urban renewal redevelopment program demolished the neighborhood called the Bottom, it swept away Knoxville’s Black business district. The area was sometimes called “Little Harlem.” The junction of Central Street and Vine Avenue, where most Black-owned businesses were clustered, was called “the million-dollar corner.” About 107 Black-owned businesses were demolished. But between about 1954 and 1974, the federally-funded urban renewal also wiped out countless home-based businesses in...

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Losing Home: Urban Renewal and Black Neighborhoods

A WUOT News series examining the effects of urban renewal on Knoxville's Black neighborhoods

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Jonathan Caballero made a startling discovery last year. At 27, his hair was thinning. The software developer realized that life was passing by too quickly as he was hunkered down at home in Hyattsville, Md.

There was so much to do, so many places to see. Caballero envisioned a life in which he might end a work day with a swim instead of a long drive home. So when his employer began calling people back to the office part-time, he balked at the 45-minute commute. He started looking for a job with better remote work options and quickly landed multiple offers.

An early morning partial building collapse in Miami caused a massive response of emergency responders Thursday.

More than 80 Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue units responded to the scene on Collins Avenue in Surfside, Fla. Several municipal fire departments also arrived on scene to assist, according to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Twitter account.

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Firefighting monks and emergency crews have been working to defeat a wildfire burning in the rural hills of Big Sur, Calif. since June 17.

The Willow Fire, as of June 23, was 2,877 acres large with just 13% of it contained.

Though cooler temperatures this week helped slow the spread of the flames, local emergency services said crews are still fighting with difficult terrain that's hampering efforts to quickly contain the fire.

More than half of the buildings in the contiguous U.S. are in disaster hotspots, a new study finds. Tens of millions of homes, businesses and other buildings are concentrated in areas with the most risk from hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes and earthquakes.

The findings underscore how development patterns exacerbate damage from climate change.

A new study estimates that life expectancy in the U.S. decreased by nearly two years between 2018 and 2020, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And the declines were most pronounced among minority groups, including Black and Hispanic people.

In 2018, average life expectancy in the U.S. was about 79 years (78.7). It declined to about 77 years (76.9) by the end of 2020, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

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