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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 13, 1987)
"That plan spelled doom for the Malone community,"
Kopines said. The city had been acquiring land throughout
the 70s, condemning houses and pushing people out,
Kopines, a City Housing administrator from 1970 to
"The Radial Diagonal plan put the people of the
Malone area through traumatic disruption and displace
ment of housing and community life, which put the
residents of the area in total fear of government action,"
Kopines said. "They felt as if everyone was against them.
The city was condemning property right and left and the
university was saying 'go, baby, go,' " Kopines said.
Fortunately for the Malone community, the plans for
the thoroughfare fell through in 1982; the proposal was
put on a city ballot and was voted down.
In 1984 the city adopted a plan that recommended
land between 1 9th and 20th streets and Vine and S streets
be targeted for university expansion, said Dallas McGee,
Lincoln Community Development Manager. The city's
plan also recommended a park and residential housing be
The plan gave residents of the Malone neighborhood
hope. The plan proposed a park be built just east of 20th
street, from U to R streets. McGee said the park might
include a playground, basketball court, exercise stations
and equipment, but more importantly serve as a buffer
between City Campus and the Malone area.
Kopines said the Malone community has an identity of
its own and residents want their neighborhood to be
separate from the university.
The Malone community is made up of about 25
percent minorities, according to the 1980 census. The
residents include blacks, Native Americans, Mexican
Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders. The area probably
has the highest ratio of minorities to whites in Lincoln.
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Apartment buildings and single residence homes located next to each other
in the Malone neighborhood.
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