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Neighborhood built during WWII finally empties

Associated Press - October 17, 2009 2:25 PM ET

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - The Westpark neighborhood here is silent now for the first time in nearly 70 years.

The 571 housing units build hurriedly in the 1940s are completely empty, part of a planned $300 million redevelopment of the area. Former residents were assisted in finding a new place to live.

The final residents moved from the neighborhood earlier this week. The housing units were built during a 9-month span in 1940 and 1941 to house workers at the area shipyards during the height of World War II.

The buildings were never meant to be used for so long, but became home to many of the city's poor during its 69-year history.

Information from: Kitsap Sun,

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