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Woonsocket under went a revitalization process in the 1970s, specifically in an area known as the Social Flatlands. This photograph shows Woonsocket Village, a housing development that replaced neighborhoods that had formerly been multiple family mill homes. On the horizon is the Marquette Building. Completed in 1975, it is a 10 story steel and glass tower that came to symbolize the rebirth of Woonsocket.


Fortin, Marcel P. Woonsocket, Rhode Island: A Centennial History 1888-1988. (Woonsocket Centennial Committee, 1988). pp. 181-3


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Urban Renewal -- Rhode Island -- Woonsocket; Housing -- Low-income Housing -- Rhode Island -- Woonsocket; Architecture, Modern -- 20th century;

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United States of America

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Rhode Island

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urban renewal, housing, architecture, modern, Social Flatlands, low-income housing, urban growth