Demolition work has started on the Purley Centre on Luton's Marsh Farm estate.
The grey concrete 60s shopping centre, which has a multi-storey block of flats above, is being knocked down as part of a £25 million regeneration project for the area.
In July 1995 there were two nights of rioting on the estate. 500 people, mainly teenagers, attacked the police with petrol bombs, bottles and bricks. It followed four days of riots in 1992.
The shops that were in the Purley Centre have moved and the site will now be used to build 93 new homes.