As in many urban neighborhoods across the nation, people began to move out of the neighborhood during the 1950s and 1960s. Many wanted newer homes in the suburbs...but there were two developments during the 1960s and ‘70s that accelerated the movement: the Plymouth Avenue riots of July 1967 which resulted in 34 arrests, two deaths, and the burning of four businesses; and the demolition of hundreds of homes for Highway 94 between Dowling Avenue and downtown.

Resettlement of the area by young families followed almost immediately in the early 1970s. The existing housing stock, exhibiting the effects of age, became a target for clearance and renewal. A number of substantial dwellings were lost, being replaced by smaller buildings of modern design. However, many of the architecturally distinctive residences were reclaimed and renovated to retain the historic character of the neighborhood.