Four walls build a home.
— The group's motto[src]

The Urban Renewal Group was a fictional group in the Saw franchise, mentioned in Saw IV.


Four Walls Build a Home

The Urban Renewal Group was a real estate company dedicated to property development for needy people under the motto "Four walls build a home." It was founded by John Kramer, a successful civil engineer, and his partner and friend, a lawyer named Art Blank. The first building designed by John was the Gideon Meatpacking Plant. Therefore, "Gideon" was also the name John gave to his yet unborn son. (Saw IV)


Art talks to John

However, when John's wife, Jill Tuck, was robbed at her recovery clinic by one of her patients, Cecil Adams, the latter accidently slammed a doorknob into her stomach, causing her to suffer a miscarriage. Following Gideon's death, John suffered from severe depression, causing him to withdraw from both his wife and the Urban Renewal Group. Therefore, his partner and lawyer, Art Blank, asked Jill about his whereabouts. As Jill didn't know where he was, they became worried and she helped Art to search him. Eventually, they went to John's workshop. Initially thinking he wasn't there, she ultimately spotted him sitting on a chair in a corner and asked him not to get mad at her for bringing Art to the workshop. Art then asked him how he felt and condoled over Gideon's death. However, he also tried to convince John to continue his work for the Urban Renewal Group as 40 needy families were waiting to soon move to the houses John and Art had been working on. John however, who was annoyed and angered by his visit, told Art to leave immediately. After initially refusing, Art eventually left and told John to call him once he felt better. (Saw IV)


Following John's departure, his shares of the company and their buildings were given to Jill. However, over a year after Gideon's death, John had turned into the infamous serial killer known as Jigsaw. At one point, he targeted his former friend and partner and forced him to participate in one of his deadly games, which ultimately resulted in Art's death and thereby the end of the Urban Renewal Group. (Saw IV)

In Other Media

Saw II: Flesh & Blood

A company named "Gideon" was mentioned in several audio tapes found in the videogame Saw II: Flesh & Blood. In these recordings by Detective David Tapp, he frequently voiced his admiration for the charitable work of John Kramer and Gideon, which was the games' pendant to the Urban Renewal Group from the films. Thereby, Tapp mentioned that besides John and Art, the foundation had another member, Solomon Bates, who worked as the groups accountant. However, during his work for Gideon, John didn't design new buildings but rather bought up abandoned properties to renovate them for people in need of affordable living space. According to Tapp, Gideon owned eight blocks of houses. Apparently, some of the industrial buildings owned by the company used the same sewer system.

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