City Recovery: Migration

by Paul R. Porter, Adjunct Prof.; Urban Studies, Cleveland State Univ., Cleveland, Ohio,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 11, Pg. 109-111

Document Type: Feature article


To bring about the recovery of cities will require these steps: obsolete residential areas of the city must be transformed into neighborhoods attractive enough to lure people who work in the central business district; there must be an effort to expedite the historic out-migration of the cities' poor; and federal aid must be granted only on condition they overcome their need for aid. A major problem was the baby boom from the end of WW II till the late 1960's. This has resulted in a lopsided proportion of beginners in the labor force — just as blue-collar jobs were decreasing. Youth unemployment is a major factor in crime. Needed is a federal Youth Opportunity Corps to resettle disadvantage youth outside the city and to provide them jobs.

Subject Headings: Residential location | Federal government | Business districts | Historic sites | Waterways | Labor

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