The Nation: The Mayors Call for Help

While they pitch for more, the Administration drafts a new urban policy

"Strong promises but no action," snapped Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre. Declared Denver Mayor William McNichols: "I'm disappointed." Complained Boston Mayor Kevin White: "What policy? What action? They haven't done anything to date."

These angry statements reflect the biting mood of the chief executives of many cities, who are upset with Jimmy Carter for not paying more attention to the problems of urban America. They voiced their complaints in interviews with TIME on the eve of two get-togethers in San Francisco: the first, which ended last...

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