AMERICAN NOTES: The Urban Crisis Lives

At the 41st annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco last week, the chiefs of the nation's cities had one topic uppermost in their minds: Nixon Administration proposals for special revenue sharing and the inevitable setbacks they pose for the cities. Slated to become effective in July 1974, the Nixon measures would spread existing federally funded programs—including Model Cities and urban renewal—into seven broad areas, with virtually no guidelines from Washington on how money allotted to the cities is to be spent.

Such unrestricted use of funds is one of the things city...

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