urban blight

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urban blight (plural urban blights)

  1. Urban decay consisting of the deterioration of part of a town or city due to ageing, neglect, and lack of financial support for maintenance.
    • 2006 Sunday 20 August, Paul Harris, “Invasion of high-fliers ends Bowery's low life”, The Observer:
      Walking around SoHo's glamorous bistros and boutiques it is difficult to imagine that a few decades ago the area was urban blight that the city wanted to knock down and build a freeway through.