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'''Metropolitan Gardens''' (originally '''Central City Housing Project''') was a 910-unit housing project in the [[Central City]] neighborhood in downtown [[Birmingham]]. The project was built in [[1940]] and razed in [[2002]].  
 
'''Metropolitan Gardens''' (originally '''Central City Housing Project''') was a 910-unit housing project in the [[Central City]] neighborhood in downtown [[Birmingham]]. The project was built in [[1940]] and razed in [[2002]].  
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The project, which was soon perceived as a "slum", was completely renovated in [[1974]], the first major commission for the [[Owens and Woods Partnership]].
  
 
"Metro Gardens" was owned and operated by the [[Housing Authority of the Birmingham District]] (HABD). The project was demolished to make way for the privately owned, mixed-income housing [[Park Place Hope VI project]].   
 
"Metro Gardens" was owned and operated by the [[Housing Authority of the Birmingham District]] (HABD). The project was demolished to make way for the privately owned, mixed-income housing [[Park Place Hope VI project]].   
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In the mid-1990s, the zip code 35203 was one of the poorest zip codes in the nation, due to the zip code serving Metropolitan Gardens as its only residential area, with the majority of the rest of the area commercial buildings.
 
In the mid-1990s, the zip code 35203 was one of the poorest zip codes in the nation, due to the zip code serving Metropolitan Gardens as its only residential area, with the majority of the rest of the area commercial buildings.
  
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==References==
 
==References==
 
* Sherman, Amy L. (December 6, 1995) "Against walls: racial reconciliation in Birmingham - Birmingham, Alabama."  ''Christian Century''
 
* Sherman, Amy L. (December 6, 1995) "Against walls: racial reconciliation in Birmingham - Birmingham, Alabama."  ''Christian Century''
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* "Wrecking ball swings Tuesday at Metropolitan Gardens, HOPE to rise from project."  (March 3, 2002) ''Birmingham News''
 
* "Wrecking ball swings Tuesday at Metropolitan Gardens, HOPE to rise from project."  (March 3, 2002) ''Birmingham News''
 
* Tomberlin, Michael (June 16, 2003) "Hope VI project site work launched."  ''Birmingham News''
 
* Tomberlin, Michael (June 16, 2003) "Hope VI project site work launched."  ''Birmingham News''
 
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[[Category:HABD communities]]
 
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Revision as of 17:53, 7 March 2009

Metropolitan Gardens (originally Central City Housing Project) was a 910-unit housing project in the Central City neighborhood in downtown Birmingham. The project was built in 1940 and razed in 2002.

The project, which was soon perceived as a "slum", was completely renovated in 1974, the first major commission for the Owens and Woods Partnership.

"Metro Gardens" was owned and operated by the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD). The project was demolished to make way for the privately owned, mixed-income housing Park Place Hope VI project.

In the mid-1990s, the zip code 35203 was one of the poorest zip codes in the nation, due to the zip code serving Metropolitan Gardens as its only residential area, with the majority of the rest of the area commercial buildings.

References

  • Sherman, Amy L. (December 6, 1995) "Against walls: racial reconciliation in Birmingham - Birmingham, Alabama." Christian Century
  • Coman, Victoria L. and Vickii Howell (April 2, 2000) "Metropolitan Gardens residents wary of Hope VI dream housing." Birmingham News
  • "Wrecking ball swings Tuesday at Metropolitan Gardens, HOPE to rise from project." (March 3, 2002) Birmingham News
  • Tomberlin, Michael (June 16, 2003) "Hope VI project site work launched." Birmingham News