How to Save Our Cities

by Henry S. Reuss, Congressman, Chmn.; Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 11, Pg. 107-108

Document Type: Feature article


Much of what needs to be done to save the city is simply for the federal government to stop doing old and expensive wrong things: forget about urban renewal and urban expressways; stop giving tax incentives for plants to move out; think of job-hungry cities as the site for decentralized federal offices; concentrate its aid on the needy instead of spreading it everywhere. There's no need for a massive Marshall Plan. Washington must assume responsibility for achieving full employment and restructuring federal programs in health, welfare, housing, transportation, and taxation. But as for rejuvenating neighborhoods, conserving land, energy, and resources, and animating state government, these must be addressed at the local level.

Subject Headings: Federal government | Taxation | Local government | Highways and roads | Employment | Housing | Residential location | Energy efficiency | Washington | United States

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