The Cabinet: Surrogate for the Cities

The 20th century has profoundly transformed the nature and needs of U.S. society. Yet only three new Cabinet posts have been created to cope with them in the last 62 years.-Last week, in belated recognition of the problems facing America's cities, the Congress approved a fourth, the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In the Senate, which passed a bill establishing HUD by a vote of 57 to 33, opposition was predominantly Republican. The bill's aim, to coordinate 115-odd federal housing and urban development programs within a single department, seemed worthy enough. But for many critics it portended yet...

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