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Box 18, Folder 22, Document 5

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  • Text: URBAN AMER ICA INC . 1717 Massachu setts Ave ., N.W. Was hington, D.C. 20036 (202 ) 265-2224 January 20, 1967 Wil liam L. Slayton Executive Vice President ? , The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr. Mayor of the City of Atlanta City Hall Atlanta, Georgia L--- ·· ···· · Dear Mr. Mayor: In accordance with Mr. Stephen Currier's letter to you of January 13, I am enclosing a copy of the minutes of the January 9, 1967, meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee of Mayors. Our January 27 meeting is set for 12:30 p.m. in the Mount Vernon Room of the Madison Hotel in Washington, D. C. I should appreciate it very much if you or one of your staff members would notify Mr. Ron Linton of our office by Tues day, January 24, as to whether or not you plan to attend. If it is possible at this time, please also list the names of the people who will accompany you. Mr. James W. Rouse, president of The Rouse Company in Baltimore, will serve as chairman of the meeting, representing Urban America. Enclosure �
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Box 18, Folder 22, Document 6

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  • Text: AD HOC COMMITTEE OF MAYORS Minutes of Meeting January 9, 1967 The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee of Mayors was called to order by Mr. Step hen R. Currier at 10 a . m. on January 9 , 19 6 7 , in the Board Room of Urban America. Participating in that meeting were Mayors Theodore R. McKeldin of Baltimore, Thomas G. Currigan of Denver, Jerome P. Cavanagh of Detroit, Robert King High of Miami, Henry W. Maier o f Milwaukee, John V. Lindsay of New York City, Joseph M. Barr of Pittsburgh, and Harold Tollefson of Tacoma . Unable to attend were Mayors John F. Collins of Boston, Terry D. Schrunk of Portland (Ore.), and John F .' Shelley of San Francisco. Unable to attend, but represented by staff members, were Mayors Ivan Allen, Jr. of Atlanta, Richard J . Daley of Chicago, Richard C . Lee of New Haven , and James H. J . Tate of Philadelphia. Mr. Currier opened the session by stressing the importance of obtaining a national commitment to meet urban needs . He outlined various needs to be met: the need for a more definitive statement of urban problems, the need to tell the story of the performance of cities in the line of self help , the need to gain a greater commitment for cities from Federal appropriations, the need to mobilize support from a variety of interest groups (such as business, labor, civil rights, education) . Mayor Lindsay emphasized the need for consolidation of existing pro grams , rather than cutbacks on any of them. resources was crucial to the governing of cities . He said lack of financial �AD HOC COMMITTEE OF MAYORS Minutes of Meeting, January 9, 1967 Page 2 Mayor Cavanagh maintained that the Great Society programs themselves have been successful - the financing of the programs has been the failure. In any ' ~,vent, it\ ould be "catastrophic" if any of these programs were cut back. \ \ \ Mayor 'Cavanagh noted that mayors were looked upon in Washington ._ \ ' \ as "speciai'i nterest p~eaders." \ He suggested that Urban America be the catalyst \ in putting together a national coalition for urban improvement and said that ·the calling of thi;:; initial meeting had been most helpful. Continuance of lobbying by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities is not enough; a broad new coalition is needed (education, civil rights, labor, business). Mayor Cavanagh also suggested the forming of a Council of Economic Advisors for Cities to serve as an information resource to mayors. Such an information bank would be drawn upon for discussion of Fed e ral a llocations to cities and in the formation of alternatives to Federal economic policy. Mayor McKeldin commented that money could solve most of Baltimore's problems. He concurred with Mayor Lindsay's discouragement at th e l ack of financial resources available to cities. In Baltimore , he explained, there is only one form of taxation - the property t ax; since many people are leaving the city, this tax base is dwindling. The City is now fightin g for a payroll tax, though the people are against it. Mayor Currigan said that t ra ns portation i s one of the bigge st problems in Denver and that there i s no a lternative except public ownership. His c ity is also pressed "to the w a ll" by the tax s ituation; De nver has a sa l es and a prope.rty t ax, but the State Constitution prohibits a much-needed income t ax . �AD HOC COMMITTEE OF MAYORS Minutes of Meeting, January 9, 19 6 7 Page 3 Mayor Currigan stressed his hope that the mayors stay united in their efforts. He was concerned that Urban America might begin competing with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities, the latter two being "too splintered" already. He mentioned that time is a critical factor and that he hoped this meeting could lead to a program of action. . Mr. Currier interjected a definition of Urban America's role in rel a- tion to the other groups. Urban America will act, he said, as a voice for citizens groups (business , public, etc.). Mayor High pointed up the misunderstanding on the part of the public when it comes to urban programs and n eeds. "Somehow we have not gotten a cross the rol e cities play, that the destiny of the country is wrapped u p in cities." The press makes a fetish of deprecating cities , and people look upon the Great Society as a handout and react to it with horror. Mayor Cav anagh commented that many people think cities aren't imaginative when they must try to s olve their own problems but that actually, many imaginative programs translated into Federal legislation have originated in cities (e.g. Model Cities , urban renewal, and the poverty program). Mayor Tollefson warned against interpreting the last election to mean there should be a cutback on Federal programs. He suggested the first step be to present the problems to Congress and the second, telling people in cities that these programs are needed and good. Mayor Maier said it is imperative to tackle the probl em of allocation o f resource s and that the tactic of using a n e utral forc e (Urban Am eric a ) to proj e ct �AD HOC COMMITTEE OF MAYORS Minutes of Meeting, January 9 , 19 6 7 Page 4 this agenda item is a good one. The National League of Cities has been con-,- ducting an educational campaign on resources, but the League cannot do it alone. A broad alliance of ad hoc groups and special task forces is needed. This has been done in Milwaukee to organize forc~s in order to attack the state legislature. He mentioned gratitude to Urban America for offering to take on this task. Mayor Barr said the greatest thing Urban America could do was to get to people the mayors can't reach as easily (e.g. businessmen). As the mayors' biggest enemy he cited columnists' interpretations of the elections . Mr. Slayton directed the discussion to the method of forming a national coalition with the following questions: should we plan a meeting with mayors and the nation's top business leaders, civil rights leaders, etc.? should Urban America undertake some special studies or publish some certain publications? Patrick Healy of the National League of Cities offered two suggestions fo r relieving the financial burden on cities : (1) have the Federal Government completely re sponsible fo r welfare (payments and administration) , since it is a national problem, and (2) have states compl-3t ely responsible for schools and education (60% of property taxes goes for welfare and schools) . He mentioned that we shouldn't ignore state action to meet urban n eeds , saying that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been concerned over a lack of state action in this a rea . John Gunther of the U.S . Conference of Mayor s emphasized the need fo r a n ational or ganization of local groups . �l \ \ \ AD HOC COMMITTEE OF MAYORS Minutes of Meeting, January 9, 1967 Page 5 Mr. Gunther praised the idea of a Council of Economic Advisors because of the need for solid information in the local government sector. He suggested, however, that the emphasis be placed on information-gathering rather than on advising . He urged the systematic collection of information. Mayor Cavanagh suggested that Urban America proceed along the following lines: (1) start sounding out the national coalition idea - i.e. investigate the mechanics of forming such a coalition, (2) study the possible ./ structure of a Council of Economic Advisors, (3) examine feasible ways of establishing the credibility of urban l e aders (emphasizing a new bree d -of leadership and narrowing of the credibility gap). In line with the latter, place greater emphasis on programs considered good today and the source from which the y originated. At the suggestion of Mayor Cavanagh, it was decided to hold another me e ting of the same group, to be held on January 2 7 (luncheon and a n aft e rnoon meeting) . It w as a lso a greed tha t c e rta in sta t e me nts should be in - cluded in any comments to press people: (1) that there are many other leaders and inte re s t group s i n the country which th e mayors propos e to a s k to join t hem in a rticula ting th e needs o f our urba n a reas , (2) tha t thi s w as more than a meeting to discuss w a ys of getting more Fe d era l money , and (3) that it would b e catastrophic t o c ut back expenditure s for c urrent Federal programe. Th e meeting w as a djourned a t 3 p. m . aft er fina l editing of t h e press release. The next meeti n g will be held at 12: 30 p.m. on January 27, 1967. �
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Box 18, Folder 22, Document 7

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  • Text: r I 1 CITY OF .ATLANTA January 13, 196 7 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GA. 30303 Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404 IVAN ALLEN, JR., MAYOR R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary DAN E. SWEAT, JR. , Director of Governmental Liaison MEMORANDUM To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. From: Dan Sweat Subject: Urban America Conference Attached is a clipping from the Washington Post reporting on the Mayors Conference which I attended for you in Washington on Monday, January 9. A follow-up meeting has been scheduled fo r noon on Januar y 27. Urban America is to: 1. Follow up on steps to form the coalition of Mayors and other key groups such as busine ss, labor, civil rights, etc. 2. E x plore means to structure an economic advisory board for cities, possibly similar to the President's C o uncil of Economic Advisors for the Federal Gove rnment. 3. Make suggestions and recommendations toward a b etter public relations pro gram to make known the good thin g s cities are doing. I would strongly urge that yo u attend the J anuary 27 meeting if at all possible. I fee l that this group needs your personal �l Mayor Allen Page Two January 13, 1967 assistance and that the City of Atlanta will benefit greatly from your participation with this group. I had an interesting conversation with Stephen Currier, President of Urban America, while at the meetingo Mr. Currier said he was anxious to come to Atlanta and get a chance to me et you and that his organization intended to assist our housing efforts in some significant wayo Although he wasn't sure as to what form this assistance would take he indicated very keen interest and the desire that they do participate. As you know, Mro Currier 1 s main occupation is giving away his money and I think we are in an ideal position to offe r our services in seeing that some of it gets spent for the best possible good of mankindo DS:fy �
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Box 18, Folder 22, Document 12

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  • Text: ATLANTA,GEORGIA P HON E J A. 2•4 4 63 Ivan All e n , Jr. , May or 4 -,~~ fa/11111 i.tu ~-ti 4rtlt �
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Box 18, Folder 22, Document 11

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  • Text: ATLANTA,GEOROIA a;::;IP FROM: Dan E. Sweat, Jr. D For your information D Please refer to the attached correspondence and -make the necessary reply. D Advise me the status of the attached . FORM 2 5·4-S �
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Box 18, Folder 22, Document 9

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  • Text: NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES (Formerly American Municipal Associa t ion) CITY BU IL DING, 1 61 2 K STREET , N . W., WASHINGTON , D. C., 2 0 0 0 6 NATIONAL LEGISLATIV ULLETI J anuary 12 , 196 7 THE 90TI! CONGRESS mm The Tone - go slow A cautious and conciliatory P~esident Johnson presented his fifth State o f the Union message to Congress Tuesday ni ght, Th e new Congres s had already indicat ed its mood by denying one of its members a seat and by selecting some c ons ervatives f or leader= ship positions . Congress responded qui ckly t o the mi l d " Guns and Butter" Administrati on pr ogram ,, In the face ~fa proposal to raise income taxes (less th an enough t o balance t he budget) prevailing Congress i onal attitude seemed to f avor reducing t he already minimal f unding of many domestic programs . The recommended 6% i ncome surtax receive d ·polite support at best . Nevertheless 9 cit ies ha,re reas on to be cautiously optimistic. While neither the President ' s message nor the Congressional response represented a strong convict ion that there is urgency in attacking the obvious "Cr isis of the Citi es / ' t he Presiden t di d s t ate his support of a number of essential fe deral-urb an programs ,e Mission - retreat and regroup As lawmakers returned to Washington they were admonished by Senate lajority Leader Mike Mansfield not to anticipate many new Administration proposals but to concentrate on a "major re-examination" of existing programs . This followe d on the heels of demands by Democratic Governors to slow the pace set by the 89th Congress. The President agreed. As the first of his four steps "to carry f orward our progress" the President sai d , "We must see to it that these new programs work effectively •••• Every program will be thoroughly evaluated. Grant-in-aid programs will be improved and simplified ••• 0 11 The President stated a frequently hcal"d complaint that could further delay additional federal commitments to meet urban area needs. Each State, county and city needs to examine its capacity for government in today's world. Some will need to reorganize and reshape their methods of administration--as we are doing. Others will need to revise the ir constitutions and their laws to bring them up to date--as we are doinge Above alls we must find ways in which the Multitudes of small jurisdictions can be brought together more efficiently . The Commitment - "to continue to build a better A.ilerica" 'rhe President rededicated the Administration to the support of a number of programs of ·.mary interest to cities: "I recommend we intensif{ our efforts to give the poor a chance to join (over) 1 �the Nation ' s progress ooooI urge s pecia l methods and speci a l f unds to r each Amer i cans t rapped i n the ghettos of our c itie s = and through Head St art to reacn out t o our young c ni.ldr enn" "We shoul d t ransform our decayi ng s lums i nt o pl a ces of decency t hrough t he landmark Model Cities Progr am o I intend to seek for t his effort the f ull amount Congress authorized l ast year"" "We shoul d call upon t he genius of priva t e i ndustry and t he most advanced t e chnology to help rebui l d our citie s , " " We shoul d vastly expand t he fight for clean air wit h a t ot al a tt ack on pol= lution at its s ource noo 11 " We shoul d carry t o e very corner of the Nat ion our campaign for a Beautiful Amer i ca - creati ng mor e narks, mor e s eashores , and more open spa ces oooo 11 The Safe St reet s an d Cri me Cont rol Act of 1967 = t he one ma j or new proposa l In cont rast t o t he rhetorica l t reat ment of other 11 ~ban probl ems and programs , t he Pr es ident spelled out det ails of an "allout effort t o attack crime o" The Pr es i dent prooosed federal grant s t o s t at e and l ocal commun ities of -9 0% of t he cost of devel oping s t at e and l ocal plans to combat crime ~ -60% of the cost of t rain i ng new t a ctical uni ts , devel oping inst ant ~ommun i cations and s pecial alarm systems ~ and int roduc ing t he l atest 3quipment and t echniques to combat crime ~ - 50% of t he cost of crime l aboratories and police a cademy=type centers t o a s sure t he best-tra i ned equipped oolice~ and "We will recommend new met hods to prevent juven ile deliquent s f rom be comi ng adult del inquents o We wi l l s eek new part nerships with State s and r; i t ies t o deal with t he narcotics problem , " Congressional Leadership Shifts In the Senat e , conservative Robert Co Byrd (D=WoVa o) defe a ted Pennsylvania liber a l J ose ph S Clarke by a vot e of 35~28 for the posi t ion of Secretary of t he Senate Democrat i c Conferen ce , t he t hird=ranking Democratic leaa~rship position in t he Senate , California' s conservative junior Senator, George Murphy, defeated Hugh Scott, Pennsyl vania moderate , for chai rmanship of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee o The deat h of Rep o John E, Fogarty (D- Roi n ) on the opening dav represents a s e ver e bl ow to suppor t ers of health legisla tion o Forgary has been chairman of t he House Appropr iati ons Subcommittee on Labor, Healthi Education and Welfare o Re p o Carl Do Perkins (D=Ky o) succeeds Adam Clayton Powell (D=N, Y, ) as chairman of t he House Educa tion and Labor Committee , Perkins has been a strong supporter of Admini s t r at ion l eg= islation dur i ng the 89th Congress , �-3~ , Rules - another debate The Senate started its work this week wi~h its annual debate over amending Rule 22~ the cloture proce dure for ending filibus ters. The Rule is not likely to be altered t h i s year. Debate will continue into next week House leade rship lost an opening day skirmish when t he House refused to retain the 21- day rule adopte d by the 89th Congress . That rule perm its the Speaker to call upon a l egi slati ve committee to call up a bill favorably reported if the bill had not been cons i dered by the House Rules Committee with 21 days This could result in a showdown or bl ocking of key Administration legislation, House leaders have another ace to play -- t he Rul es Committee may have two liberals added to its membersh i p to outvote its current conse rvative aH gnment headed by its new chairman William M. Colmer ( D-Miss.) . Colmer r eplaced Howard w. Smith (D-Va . ) who was not returned t o Congress . Coming Up The Senate Subcommi ttee on Intergovernmental Relations (Muskiea Chm.) will resume heari ngs on the effectiveness of grant-in- aid programs, Governors will appear t he last week in January. Local government spokesmen will testify February 6~7 and 9 , House Ways and Means Committee (Mills, Chm.) will open its activity with considerat ion of Social Security Amendments. It will not ge t to the proposed income tax incre as e until early April . President's budget message is expected to reach Congress about January 24. Details of State of the Union recommendations should start flowing to the Congress abo ut the same time. Senate Subcommittee on Air and Water Pollution (Muskie, Chm.) will hold hearings on automotive air pollution during February i n Los Ange les, Denver, and Detroit, Other hearings in New York and Wash i ngton and other cities will be scheduled later. �
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Box 18, Folder 22, Document 10

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Box 18, Folder 22, Document 3

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  • Text: URBAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL Agenda Paper No. 2 January 27, 1967 The members of the Ad Hoc Committee of Mayors, at the meeting held on January 9, 1967, agreed on the need for an Urban Economic Council. The establishment of such a council would provide a means for examining the impact of economic policy on urban areas , building an urban information bank, and collecting data relating directly to urban area needs. In addition, it would propose economic policies aimed at improving the urban economy. Specifically, its functions would be: (1) to comment on the urban impact of economic policy, (2) to evaluate the impact of monetary and fiscal policy on the urban economy, (3) to study the multiplier effect and economic value of urban development programs, and (4) to collect and assess basic data necessary to make economic projections. The Council itself would consist of three nationally-known economists associated with institutions or organizations of some standing. One staff economist, serving as an executive aide to the Council, would be required to supervise the preparation of base papers and studies and to deal directly with consultants and Council members . Data collection could be handled through arrangements with an organization such as the National Planning Association. Editing, publication, and distribution of materials would be the responsibility of Urban America's Urban Information Center. The Urban Economic Council could be organized in two phases. In the period January 2 7- March 1 (19 6 7) the Council members wou ld be named, �URBAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL Agenda Paper No. 2 January 27, 1967 Page 2 the staff economist hired, and an initial meeting of the Council held. The period March 1-June 1 (1967) would be used to complete an initial threemonth project and to develop a plan for one-year operation. A Technical Advisory Committee would be established to guide the development of the Council's program and to help select the members of the Urban Economic Council. �
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Box 18, Folder 22, Document 8

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  • Text: URBAN AMERICA INC . 1717 Massach usetts Ave., N.W. Wash ington, D.C. 20036 (202) 265-2224 January 13, 1967 The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr. Mayor of the City of Atlanta City Hall Atlanta, Georgia Dear Mr. Mayor: I sincerely regret that circumstances prevented your joining the mayors on January 9. I am grateful that you were able to send a representative, who, I trust, has informed you of what took place. The meeting was most successful, and we agreed to reconvene on January 2 7 . At that time we expect to consider steps to implement the mayors' requests for establishment of an urban coalition and an urban economic council. Background papers are now being prepared. You will be sent a copy of the Minutes of the January 9 meeting. Arrangements have been made for a luncheon and afternoon meeting in the Mount Vernon Room of the Madison Hotel, beginning at 12: 3 0 p. m. on January 2 7. It will be my pleasure to have you as a guest for luncheon; I look forward to seeing you then . Sincerely yours, \r ,;i kiM -~. ~ ~t~n R. Currier President �
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Box 18, Folder 22, Document 13

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  • Text: Mayors Seek Coalition to Fight Crisis in Cities By Robert E. Baker concerned with the quality of "Ideas .are pretty perWashington Post staff Writer life in cities, whose pTesident, suasive," he s,aid. EiaM. big-dty mayors-led Stephen R. Currier, had invit- Bwt Detroi-t's Cavana gh by Repub1ican J ohn v. Lind- ed t~e mayors to yesterday's added tha1;, th~ ~oalition w~~ld say of New York and Demo- meeting. a1~~ haye polit1c,al muscle. . crat Jerome P. Cavanagh of itJhe mayor~ told reporte,r s O~v~ously, every mayor 1~ Detroit-yesterday called for after the sessrnn thait they.had a pol!trcal creature of sorts, a new coalition" to fight the talked about the problems of he said. crises in the cities. their cities and _how they have Cavanagh said the Urban attempted to handle them. America coalition effort . g h Th e gro up , mee trn ere on Th · t o wou ld diff er· m · 1·ts emp h as1s · ne,rt s· tep, th ey sa1'd , rs t e eve o f P res1.d e n t J oh nso n's ste b1' h r t f · T f th u s c f f State of the Union message, fe a his alit_1s o d ptnon iehs Mrom e d. . then erenti~e ol ,also defend ed present F ederal ·or_ t e coa ion an o re~c ay:rs an . . e a, ona programs and said it would be a_gieemenit on common obJec- Lea.,ue of C1ti~s. He heads "catastrophic" i£ they were tivTebs. t. d th t th bt ot_h gdroups,_twh1icbhbh e cU.harbaccut back. ey s' resse .a ey e-nze_ as ci Y . 0 ies. r an . . . . . were concerned with more Amenca, h e sa1d, w!ll ha ve a ,thThe coaht10 n env1s1011ed Id · t byf ,tihan Federal money · Currier broader base. and will be "an ~o nsis od said they would solici1t help articulate voice on the nationb e. mayors1 bwou usmess, a or u~1?ns . an from "many other iruterests in a l level." leaders of the c1v1l rights this country." Cavanagh, who previously movemeint . Cited as city problems were had called on P.resident JohnThe purpose is to develop a dwindling taxes, rising wel- son to r econsider any planned n ational consensus that will fare costs, housing deteriora- cuts in poverty, housing and make the solutions to urban tion , shorta,g es of operating education programs, yesterday proble ms a top national prior- reve nue and trapsortation took the occasion to sup port ity. snarls. the full $200-million funding The catalyst for forming tl~e Currier described the coali- of •the War on P overty's comcoalition is Urban America, tion effoz,t as an educational munity action programs. Inc., a non-profit organization one t hait would project ideas. New York's Lindsay put in 1 I a plug for "reasonable" funding of the Administration's demonstration cities program and said the Fede~al Gove_rnment should consider taking over ~l welfare programs. The action by the mayors yesterday was significant for two r easo ns. It fw:,ther voiced their supp-01,t of antipoverty · program s, r eiportedly now m · j eop~?~· which some of them had mrtially opposed. And the proposed coalition may provide new spirit and direction for the civil rights movement. M ayors ,a tten d'mg ..c·h,e u r b am Americ,a session, ;in addition to Cavanagh and were Theodore R. McKel Jr. of BaltimoTe' T. G. cu g.an of Denver;' Robert · Hi.Lgh of Miami; Henry Maier of Milwaukee; Jose M. Bairr of Pibtsburgh, Harold Tollefson of Taco Wash . Also attend'"" were r e sentatives of u ,.,Mayors Iv • A~en Jr. of Atlanta, John Collins of Bos,ton, Richard Daley of Chicago, Richard Lee of New Haven, James J. Tate of Philadelph ia, Te Schrunk of Portland o I f h II an d J o h n . F . "'· o e ey o Fra'llcisco. �
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Box 18, Folder 22, Complete Folder

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  • Text: PROGRAM IDEAS FOR THE ALLIANCE O9ar llll!!t :P a pa Ho. 3 Janu9,ry 27, 1967 The Urban Alliance should engage in a broad range of programs to gain public attention and support for the ne e ds of urban areas. Many of these programs should be specially designed to establish a liaison with a specific group by stressing a commu nity o f i nterest with t h at grou p , t h ereby drawing it into the Alliance. These programs will be aimed as much at forming the Alliance as at fui:th e ring i ts o b jectives. For e x a mple: (1) A co nferenc e on mass tra nsit mi ght b e a ve hicle for developing ti e s w ith t he steel industry, the s p ac e indus t ry, the e lec t ro nics i n dustry, t h e railro ads . (2) A bro ad -s cale v oter registratio n drive on a n atio na l urban scale t o i n sur e great e r p a rticip ation in t he d emo cra t ic process might b e s pon s ored with c i vil right s grou p s, c hurc h es and lab o r u n ions . (3) A s t u dy group on the u se o f co mputers a nd s y s tem s a n a l y sis t o moderni z e governm e ntal o pera t ions might stimu late general s upp o rt amo ng the bus i ne ss commu nity . (4) A jo int proje c t t o d e velo p new tec hniq u e s of hous ing rehabilitatio n mi g ht b e u nderta ken w ith the l u mbe r i ndustry . Pro gram s mu s t a l so be deve lop e d w hi ch w ill defi ne the l o ng - r a n g e go als o f t he Urban Allia n ce and whic h w i ll fo c us attention on urban ne e ds. (1 ) A tas k forc e o f Mayor s could cond u c t on-site inspecti on s o f the e ffort s o f vari ous c ities to d eal with ma jor problems. The i n spection tour �' / PROGRAM IDEAS FOR THE ALLIANCE Agena& Pdper No . 3 January 27 , 1967 Page 2 would bring national attention to the ability of cities to handle problems such as law enforcement and urban renewa l. (2) The Urban Economic Council could bring an urban perspective to national economic policy considerations and could help project the needs o f localities for financial assistance for service programs and physical development projects. (3) A movie or television program cou ld be designed to emphasize the needs of cities as well as the ability of cities to deal with their problems if given adequate finan c ial assistance. For example , a tour o f a blighted area in c ity #1 might be followed by a view of an urban renewal project i n a similar area in city #2 ; a description of l arge - scale unempJ,oyment in city #2 might then be followed by a tour of a manpower program in city #1. (4) Conferences might be organized for Mayors and ·deans of Schools o f Public Administration to discuss the multiplicity of demands on an urban administrator. (5) A series of monographs might be produced on various problems with case h is tories of the different ways in which different cities have dealt with the problem. (6) Magazine articles should be sti mulated on dramatic urban programs. �URBAN ALLIANCE Agenda Paper No. 1 January 27, 1967 The needs of our urban areas have been emphasized with increasing intensity during the past year. the ills of our cities. groups. There has been a continuing recitation of Concern for the cities has been expressed by many But there has been no molding of such groups to obtain a strong, unified voice, urging a national commitment to meeting these needs. Business groups, civil rights organizations, labor, religious institutions, and representatives of local governments have ex pressed concern individu a lly. They have not collectively expressed the need for a national commitment to meeting the problems of the cities. It is proposed that Urban America serve as a catalyst in bringing these groups together. The focal point is, of course, the Mayors, who are responsible for the administration of America's cities. It is proposed, therefore, that Urban America proceed to hold a series of meetings between representativ es of the component groups of an Urban Alliance and a representative group from the Ad Hoc Committee of Mayors . These meetings would be for the purpose of developing an agenda for a national commitment to our cities . Concurrent with the holding of these preparatory meetings between the Mayors and each of the pro spective components i n the Alliance , w ill be the prep aration of specific staff work, includ ing : 1. a delineation of the magnitude of ur ba n ne eds 2. a r ecitatio n of th e e xtent to w hich c itie s have i ncreased e x penditures t o meet th ese n e eds �URBAN ALLIANCE Agenda Paper No. 1 January 27, 1967 Page 2 3 . a description of those administrative and organizational innovations that cities have adopted in order to meet the increased demand for services 4. a statement on the importance, efficacy, and accomplishments of existing urban programs 5. a preliminary agenda paper outlining the basic· dement s of:. a nationa l commitmen t . Urban America proposes that it proceed immediately to the preparation of the staff papers and that it initiate meetings between the Mayor s and representatives of groups who will compose the Urban Alliance. Urban America also proposes that another meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee of Mayors be scheduled in early spring to review the propo s ed a g e nda for the Urban Allia n ce a nd t o a pprove the next phas e of op eration. �URBAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL Agenda Paper No. 2 January 27, 1967 The members of the Ad Hoc Committee of Mayors, at the meeting held on January 9, 1967, agreed on the need for an Urban Economic Council. The establishment of such a council would provide a means for examining the impact of economic policy on urban areas , building an urban information bank, and collecting data relating directly to urban area needs. In addition, it would propose economic policies aimed at improving the urban economy. Specifically, its functions would be: (1) to comment on the urban impact of economic policy, (2) to evaluate the impact of monetary and fiscal policy on the urban economy, (3) to study the multiplier effect and economic value of urban development programs, and (4) to collect and assess basic data necessary to make economic projections. The Council itself would consist of three nationally-known economists associated with institutions or organizations of some standing. One staff economist, serving as an executive aide to the Council, would be required to supervise the preparation of base papers and studies and to deal directly with consultants and Council members . Data collection could be handled through arrangements with an organization such as the National Planning Association. Editing, publication, and distribution of materials would be the responsibility of Urban America's Urban Information Center. The Urban Economic Council could be organized in two phases. In the period January 2 7- March 1 (19 6 7) the Council members wou ld be named, �URBAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL Agenda Paper No. 2 January 27, 1967 Page 2 the staff economist hired, and an initial meeting of the Council held. The period March 1-June 1 (1967) would be used to complete an initial threemonth project and to develop a plan for one-year operation. A Technical Advisory Committee would be established to guide the development of the Council's program and to help select the members of the Urban Economic Council. �l January 20th MEMORANDUM TO: Ann FROM: Dan The Urban American meeting will include a luncheon at 12: 30 Friday, January 27th at the M adison Hotel. Luncheon and session following should be o:ver no later than 4:3 0 pm. Also ask Mr. Allen if he has seen any news articles about Steven Currier and his wife being lost on airplane in the Bahamas. �URBAN AMER ICA INC . 1717 Massachu setts Ave ., N.W. Was hington, D.C. 20036 (202 ) 265-2224 January 20, 1967 Wil liam L. Slayton Executive Vice President ? , The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr. Mayor of the City of Atlanta City Hall Atlanta, Georgia L--- ·· ···· · Dear Mr. Mayor: In accordance with Mr. Stephen Currier's letter to you of January 13, I am enclosing a copy of the minutes of the January 9, 1967, meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee of Mayors. Our January 27 meeting is set for 12:30 p.m. in the Mount Vernon Room of the Madison Hotel in Washington, D. C. I should appreciate it very much if you or one of your staff members would notify Mr. Ron Linton of our office by Tues day, January 24, as to whether or not you plan to attend. If it is possible at this time, please also list the names of the people who will accompany you. Mr. James W. Rouse, president of The Rouse Company in Baltimore, will serve as chairman of the meeting, representing Urban America. Enclosure �AD HOC COMMITTEE OF MAYORS Minutes of Meeting January 9, 1967 The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee of Mayors was called to order by Mr. Step hen R. Currier at 10 a . m. on January 9 , 19 6 7 , in the Board Room of Urban America. Participating in that meeting were Mayors Theodore R. McKeldin of Baltimore, Thomas G. Currigan of Denver, Jerome P. Cavanagh of Detroit, Robert King High of Miami, Henry W. Maier o f Milwaukee, John V. Lindsay of New York City, Joseph M. Barr of Pittsburgh, and Harold Tollefson of Tacoma . Unable to attend were Mayors John F. Collins of Boston, Terry D. Schrunk of Portland (Ore.), and John F .' Shelley of San Francisco. Unable to attend, but represented by staff members, were Mayors Ivan Allen, Jr. of Atlanta, Richard J . Daley of Chicago, Richard C . Lee of New Haven , and James H. J . Tate of Philadelphia. Mr. Currier opened the session by stressing the importance of obtaining a national commitment to meet urban needs . He outlined various needs to be met: the need for a more definitive statement of urban problems, the need to tell the story of the performance of cities in the line of self help , the need to gain a greater commitment for cities from Federal appropriations, the need to mobilize support from a variety of interest groups (such as business, labor, civil rights, education) . Mayor Lindsay emphasized the need for consolidation of existing pro grams , rather than cutbacks on any of them. resources was crucial to the governing of cities . He said lack of financial �AD HOC COMMITTEE OF MAYORS Minutes of Meeting, January 9, 1967 Page 2 Mayor Cavanagh maintained that the Great Society programs themselves have been successful - the financing of the programs has been the failure. In any ' ~,vent, it\ ould be "catastrophic" if any of these programs were cut back. \ \ \ Mayor 'Cavanagh noted that mayors were looked upon in Washington ._ \ ' \ as "speciai'i nterest p~eaders." \ He suggested that Urban America be the catalyst \ in putting together a national coalition for urban improvement and said that ·the calling of thi;:; initial meeting had been most helpful. Continuance of lobbying by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities is not enough; a broad new coalition is needed (education, civil rights, labor, business). Mayor Cavanagh also suggested the forming of a Council of Economic Advisors for Cities to serve as an information resource to mayors. Such an information bank would be drawn upon for discussion of Fed e ral a llocations to cities and in the formation of alternatives to Federal economic policy. Mayor McKeldin commented that money could solve most of Baltimore's problems. He concurred with Mayor Lindsay's discouragement at th e l ack of financial resources available to cities. In Baltimore , he explained, there is only one form of taxation - the property t ax; since many people are leaving the city, this tax base is dwindling. The City is now fightin g for a payroll tax, though the people are against it. Mayor Currigan said that t ra ns portation i s one of the bigge st problems in Denver and that there i s no a lternative except public ownership. His c ity is also pressed "to the w a ll" by the tax s ituation; De nver has a sa l es and a prope.rty t ax, but the State Constitution prohibits a much-needed income t ax . �AD HOC COMMITTEE OF MAYORS Minutes of Meeting, January 9, 19 6 7 Page 3 Mayor Currigan stressed his hope that the mayors stay united in their efforts. He was concerned that Urban America might begin competing with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities, the latter two being "too splintered" already. He mentioned that time is a critical factor and that he hoped this meeting could lead to a program of action. . Mr. Currier interjected a definition of Urban America's role in rel a- tion to the other groups. Urban America will act, he said, as a voice for citizens groups (business , public, etc.). Mayor High pointed up the misunderstanding on the part of the public when it comes to urban programs and n eeds. "Somehow we have not gotten a cross the rol e cities play, that the destiny of the country is wrapped u p in cities." The press makes a fetish of deprecating cities , and people look upon the Great Society as a handout and react to it with horror. Mayor Cav anagh commented that many people think cities aren't imaginative when they must try to s olve their own problems but that actually, many imaginative programs translated into Federal legislation have originated in cities (e.g. Model Cities , urban renewal, and the poverty program). Mayor Tollefson warned against interpreting the last election to mean there should be a cutback on Federal programs. He suggested the first step be to present the problems to Congress and the second, telling people in cities that these programs are needed and good. Mayor Maier said it is imperative to tackle the probl em of allocation o f resource s and that the tactic of using a n e utral forc e (Urban Am eric a ) to proj e ct �AD HOC COMMITTEE OF MAYORS Minutes of Meeting, January 9 , 19 6 7 Page 4 this agenda item is a good one. The National League of Cities has been con-,- ducting an educational campaign on resources, but the League cannot do it alone. A broad alliance of ad hoc groups and special task forces is needed. This has been done in Milwaukee to organize forc~s in order to attack the state legislature. He mentioned gratitude to Urban America for offering to take on this task. Mayor Barr said the greatest thing Urban America could do was to get to people the mayors can't reach as easily (e.g. businessmen). As the mayors' biggest enemy he cited columnists' interpretations of the elections . Mr. Slayton directed the discussion to the method of forming a national coalition with the following questions: should we plan a meeting with mayors and the nation's top business leaders, civil rights leaders, etc.? should Urban America undertake some special studies or publish some certain publications? Patrick Healy of the National League of Cities offered two suggestions fo r relieving the financial burden on cities : (1) have the Federal Government completely re sponsible fo r welfare (payments and administration) , since it is a national problem, and (2) have states compl-3t ely responsible for schools and education (60% of property taxes goes for welfare and schools) . He mentioned that we shouldn't ignore state action to meet urban n eeds , saying that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been concerned over a lack of state action in this a rea . John Gunther of the U.S . Conference of Mayor s emphasized the need fo r a n ational or ganization of local groups . �l \ \ \ AD HOC COMMITTEE OF MAYORS Minutes of Meeting, January 9, 1967 Page 5 Mr. Gunther praised the idea of a Council of Economic Advisors because of the need for solid information in the local government sector. He suggested, however, that the emphasis be placed on information-gathering rather than on advising . He urged the systematic collection of information. Mayor Cavanagh suggested that Urban America proceed along the following lines: (1) start sounding out the national coalition idea - i.e. investigate the mechanics of forming such a coalition, (2) study the possible ./ structure of a Council of Economic Advisors, (3) examine feasible ways of establishing the credibility of urban l e aders (emphasizing a new bree d -of leadership and narrowing of the credibility gap). In line with the latter, place greater emphasis on programs considered good today and the source from which the y originated. At the suggestion of Mayor Cavanagh, it was decided to hold another me e ting of the same group, to be held on January 2 7 (luncheon and a n aft e rnoon meeting) . It w as a lso a greed tha t c e rta in sta t e me nts should be in - cluded in any comments to press people: (1) that there are many other leaders and inte re s t group s i n the country which th e mayors propos e to a s k to join t hem in a rticula ting th e needs o f our urba n a reas , (2) tha t thi s w as more than a meeting to discuss w a ys of getting more Fe d era l money , and (3) that it would b e catastrophic t o c ut back expenditure s for c urrent Federal programe. Th e meeting w as a djourned a t 3 p. m . aft er fina l editing of t h e press release. The next meeti n g will be held at 12: 30 p.m. on January 27, 1967. �r I 1 CITY OF .ATLANTA January 13, 196 7 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GA. 30303 Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404 IVAN ALLEN, JR., MAYOR R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary DAN E. SWEAT, JR. , Director of Governmental Liaison MEMORANDUM To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. From: Dan Sweat Subject: Urban America Conference Attached is a clipping from the Washington Post reporting on the Mayors Conference which I attended for you in Washington on Monday, January 9. A follow-up meeting has been scheduled fo r noon on Januar y 27. Urban America is to: 1. Follow up on steps to form the coalition of Mayors and other key groups such as busine ss, labor, civil rights, etc. 2. E x plore means to structure an economic advisory board for cities, possibly similar to the President's C o uncil of Economic Advisors for the Federal Gove rnment. 3. Make suggestions and recommendations toward a b etter public relations pro gram to make known the good thin g s cities are doing. I would strongly urge that yo u attend the J anuary 27 meeting if at all possible. I fee l that this group needs your personal �l Mayor Allen Page Two January 13, 1967 assistance and that the City of Atlanta will benefit greatly from your participation with this group. I had an interesting conversation with Stephen Currier, President of Urban America, while at the meetingo Mr. Currier said he was anxious to come to Atlanta and get a chance to me et you and that his organization intended to assist our housing efforts in some significant wayo Although he wasn't sure as to what form this assistance would take he indicated very keen interest and the desire that they do participate. As you know, Mro Currier 1 s main occupation is giving away his money and I think we are in an ideal position to offe r our services in seeing that some of it gets spent for the best possible good of mankindo DS:fy �URBAN AMERICA INC . 1717 Massach usetts Ave., N.W. Wash ington, D.C. 20036 (202) 265-2224 January 13, 1967 The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr. Mayor of the City of Atlanta City Hall Atlanta, Georgia Dear Mr. Mayor: I sincerely regret that circumstances prevented your joining the mayors on January 9. I am grateful that you were able to send a representative, who, I trust, has informed you of what took place. The meeting was most successful, and we agreed to reconvene on January 2 7 . At that time we expect to consider steps to implement the mayors' requests for establishment of an urban coalition and an urban economic council. Background papers are now being prepared. You will be sent a copy of the Minutes of the January 9 meeting. Arrangements have been made for a luncheon and afternoon meeting in the Mount Vernon Room of the Madison Hotel, beginning at 12: 3 0 p. m. on January 2 7. It will be my pleasure to have you as a guest for luncheon; I look forward to seeing you then . Sincerely yours, \r ,;i kiM -~. ~ ~t~n R. Currier President �NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES (Formerly American Municipal Associa t ion) CITY BU IL DING, 1 61 2 K STREET , N . W., WASHINGTON , D. C., 2 0 0 0 6 NATIONAL LEGISLATIV ULLETI J anuary 12 , 196 7 THE 90TI! CONGRESS mm The Tone - go slow A cautious and conciliatory P~esident Johnson presented his fifth State o f the Union message to Congress Tuesday ni ght, Th e new Congres s had already indicat ed its mood by denying one of its members a seat and by selecting some c ons ervatives f or leader= ship positions . Congress responded qui ckly t o the mi l d " Guns and Butter" Administrati on pr ogram ,, In the face ~fa proposal to raise income taxes (less th an enough t o balance t he budget) prevailing Congress i onal attitude seemed to f avor reducing t he already minimal f unding of many domestic programs . The recommended 6% i ncome surtax receive d ·polite support at best . Nevertheless 9 cit ies ha,re reas on to be cautiously optimistic. While neither the President ' s message nor the Congressional response represented a strong convict ion that there is urgency in attacking the obvious "Cr isis of the Citi es / ' t he Presiden t di d s t ate his support of a number of essential fe deral-urb an programs ,e Mission - retreat and regroup As lawmakers returned to Washington they were admonished by Senate lajority Leader Mike Mansfield not to anticipate many new Administration proposals but to concentrate on a "major re-examination" of existing programs . This followe d on the heels of demands by Democratic Governors to slow the pace set by the 89th Congress. The President agreed. As the first of his four steps "to carry f orward our progress" the President sai d , "We must see to it that these new programs work effectively •••• Every program will be thoroughly evaluated. Grant-in-aid programs will be improved and simplified ••• 0 11 The President stated a frequently hcal"d complaint that could further delay additional federal commitments to meet urban area needs. Each State, county and city needs to examine its capacity for government in today's world. Some will need to reorganize and reshape their methods of administration--as we are doing. Others will need to revise the ir constitutions and their laws to bring them up to date--as we are doinge Above alls we must find ways in which the Multitudes of small jurisdictions can be brought together more efficiently . The Commitment - "to continue to build a better A.ilerica" 'rhe President rededicated the Administration to the support of a number of programs of ·.mary interest to cities: "I recommend we intensif{ our efforts to give the poor a chance to join (over) 1 �the Nation ' s progress ooooI urge s pecia l methods and speci a l f unds to r each Amer i cans t rapped i n the ghettos of our c itie s = and through Head St art to reacn out t o our young c ni.ldr enn" "We shoul d t ransform our decayi ng s lums i nt o pl a ces of decency t hrough t he landmark Model Cities Progr am o I intend to seek for t his effort the f ull amount Congress authorized l ast year"" "We shoul d call upon t he genius of priva t e i ndustry and t he most advanced t e chnology to help rebui l d our citie s , " " We shoul d vastly expand t he fight for clean air wit h a t ot al a tt ack on pol= lution at its s ource noo 11 " We shoul d carry t o e very corner of the Nat ion our campaign for a Beautiful Amer i ca - creati ng mor e narks, mor e s eashores , and more open spa ces oooo 11 The Safe St reet s an d Cri me Cont rol Act of 1967 = t he one ma j or new proposa l In cont rast t o t he rhetorica l t reat ment of other 11 ~ban probl ems and programs , t he Pr es ident spelled out det ails of an "allout effort t o attack crime o" The Pr es i dent prooosed federal grant s t o s t at e and l ocal commun ities of -9 0% of t he cost of devel oping s t at e and l ocal plans to combat crime ~ -60% of the cost of t rain i ng new t a ctical uni ts , devel oping inst ant ~ommun i cations and s pecial alarm systems ~ and int roduc ing t he l atest 3quipment and t echniques to combat crime ~ - 50% of t he cost of crime l aboratories and police a cademy=type centers t o a s sure t he best-tra i ned equipped oolice~ and "We will recommend new met hods to prevent juven ile deliquent s f rom be comi ng adult del inquents o We wi l l s eek new part nerships with State s and r; i t ies t o deal with t he narcotics problem , " Congressional Leadership Shifts In the Senat e , conservative Robert Co Byrd (D=WoVa o) defe a ted Pennsylvania liber a l J ose ph S Clarke by a vot e of 35~28 for the posi t ion of Secretary of t he Senate Democrat i c Conferen ce , t he t hird=ranking Democratic leaa~rship position in t he Senate , California' s conservative junior Senator, George Murphy, defeated Hugh Scott, Pennsyl vania moderate , for chai rmanship of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee o The deat h of Rep o John E, Fogarty (D- Roi n ) on the opening dav represents a s e ver e bl ow to suppor t ers of health legisla tion o Forgary has been chairman of t he House Appropr iati ons Subcommittee on Labor, Healthi Education and Welfare o Re p o Carl Do Perkins (D=Ky o) succeeds Adam Clayton Powell (D=N, Y, ) as chairman of t he House Educa tion and Labor Committee , Perkins has been a strong supporter of Admini s t r at ion l eg= islation dur i ng the 89th Congress , �-3~ , Rules - another debate The Senate started its work this week wi~h its annual debate over amending Rule 22~ the cloture proce dure for ending filibus ters. The Rule is not likely to be altered t h i s year. Debate will continue into next week House leade rship lost an opening day skirmish when t he House refused to retain the 21- day rule adopte d by the 89th Congress . That rule perm its the Speaker to call upon a l egi slati ve committee to call up a bill favorably reported if the bill had not been cons i dered by the House Rules Committee with 21 days This could result in a showdown or bl ocking of key Administration legislation, House leaders have another ace to play -- t he Rul es Committee may have two liberals added to its membersh i p to outvote its current conse rvative aH gnment headed by its new chairman William M. Colmer ( D-Miss.) . Colmer r eplaced Howard w. Smith (D-Va . ) who was not returned t o Congress . Coming Up The Senate Subcommi ttee on Intergovernmental Relations (Muskiea Chm.) will resume heari ngs on the effectiveness of grant-in- aid programs, Governors will appear t he last week in January. Local government spokesmen will testify February 6~7 and 9 , House Ways and Means Committee (Mills, Chm.) will open its activity with considerat ion of Social Security Amendments. It will not ge t to the proposed income tax incre as e until early April . President's budget message is expected to reach Congress about January 24. Details of State of the Union recommendations should start flowing to the Congress abo ut the same time. Senate Subcommittee on Air and Water Pollution (Muskie, Chm.) will hold hearings on automotive air pollution during February i n Los Ange les, Denver, and Detroit, Other hearings in New York and Wash i ngton and other cities will be scheduled later. �t r I I ' ~ ~ t ·1 ., ,,, . �ATLANTA,GEOROIA a;::;IP FROM: Dan E. Sweat, Jr. D For your information D Please refer to the attached correspondence and -make the necessary reply. D Advise me the status of the attached . FORM 2 5·4-S �ATLANTA,GEORGIA P HON E J A. 2•4 4 63 Ivan All e n , Jr. , May or 4 -,~~ fa/11111 i.tu ~-ti 4rtlt �Mayors Seek Coalition to Fight Crisis in Cities By Robert E. Baker concerned with the quality of "Ideas .are pretty perWashington Post staff Writer life in cities, whose pTesident, suasive," he s,aid. EiaM. big-dty mayors-led Stephen R. Currier, had invit- Bwt Detroi-t's Cavana gh by Repub1ican J ohn v. Lind- ed t~e mayors to yesterday's added tha1;, th~ ~oalition w~~ld say of New York and Demo- meeting. a1~~ haye polit1c,al muscle. . crat Jerome P. Cavanagh of itJhe mayor~ told reporte,r s O~v~ously, every mayor 1~ Detroit-yesterday called for after the sessrnn thait they.had a pol!trcal creature of sorts, a new coalition" to fight the talked about the problems of he said. crises in the cities. their cities and _how they have Cavanagh said the Urban attempted to handle them. America coalition effort . g h Th e gro up , mee trn ere on Th · t o wou ld diff er· m · 1·ts emp h as1s · ne,rt s· tep, th ey sa1'd , rs t e eve o f P res1.d e n t J oh nso n's ste b1' h r t f · T f th u s c f f State of the Union message, fe a his alit_1s o d ptnon iehs Mrom e d. . then erenti~e ol ,also defend ed present F ederal ·or_ t e coa ion an o re~c ay:rs an . . e a, ona programs and said it would be a_gieemenit on common obJec- Lea.,ue of C1ti~s. He heads "catastrophic" i£ they were tivTebs. t. d th t th bt ot_h gdroups,_twh1icbhbh e cU.harbaccut back. ey s' resse .a ey e-nze_ as ci Y . 0 ies. r an . . . . . were concerned with more Amenca, h e sa1d, w!ll ha ve a ,thThe coaht10 n env1s1011ed Id · t byf ,tihan Federal money · Currier broader base. and will be "an ~o nsis od said they would solici1t help articulate voice on the nationb e. mayors1 bwou usmess, a or u~1?ns . an from "many other iruterests in a l level." leaders of the c1v1l rights this country." Cavanagh, who previously movemeint . Cited as city problems were had called on P.resident JohnThe purpose is to develop a dwindling taxes, rising wel- son to r econsider any planned n ational consensus that will fare costs, housing deteriora- cuts in poverty, housing and make the solutions to urban tion , shorta,g es of operating education programs, yesterday proble ms a top national prior- reve nue and trapsortation took the occasion to sup port ity. snarls. the full $200-million funding The catalyst for forming tl~e Currier described the coali- of •the War on P overty's comcoalition is Urban America, tion effoz,t as an educational munity action programs. Inc., a non-profit organization one t hait would project ideas. New York's Lindsay put in 1 I a plug for "reasonable" funding of the Administration's demonstration cities program and said the Fede~al Gove_rnment should consider taking over ~l welfare programs. The action by the mayors yesterday was significant for two r easo ns. It fw:,ther voiced their supp-01,t of antipoverty · program s, r eiportedly now m · j eop~?~· which some of them had mrtially opposed. And the proposed coalition may provide new spirit and direction for the civil rights movement. M ayors ,a tten d'mg ..c·h,e u r b am Americ,a session, ;in addition to Cavanagh and were Theodore R. McKel Jr. of BaltimoTe' T. G. cu g.an of Denver;' Robert · Hi.Lgh of Miami; Henry Maier of Milwaukee; Jose M. Bairr of Pibtsburgh, Harold Tollefson of Taco Wash . Also attend'"" were r e sentatives of u ,.,Mayors Iv • A~en Jr. of Atlanta, John Collins of Bos,ton, Richard Daley of Chicago, Richard Lee of New Haven, James J. Tate of Philadelph ia, Te Schrunk of Portland o I f h II an d J o h n . F . "'· o e ey o Fra'llcisco. �
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  • Text: PROGRAM IDEAS FOR THE ALLIANCE O9ar llll!!t :P a pa Ho. 3 Janu9,ry 27, 1967 The Urban Alliance should engage in a broad range of programs to gain public attention and support for the ne e ds of urban areas. Many of these programs should be specially designed to establish a liaison with a specific group by stressing a commu nity o f i nterest with t h at grou p , t h ereby drawing it into the Alliance. These programs will be aimed as much at forming the Alliance as at fui:th e ring i ts o b jectives. For e x a mple: (1) A co nferenc e on mass tra nsit mi ght b e a ve hicle for developing ti e s w ith t he steel industry, the s p ac e indus t ry, the e lec t ro nics i n dustry, t h e railro ads . (2) A bro ad -s cale v oter registratio n drive on a n atio na l urban scale t o i n sur e great e r p a rticip ation in t he d emo cra t ic process might b e s pon s ored with c i vil right s grou p s, c hurc h es and lab o r u n ions . (3) A s t u dy group on the u se o f co mputers a nd s y s tem s a n a l y sis t o moderni z e governm e ntal o pera t ions might stimu late general s upp o rt amo ng the bus i ne ss commu nity . (4) A jo int proje c t t o d e velo p new tec hniq u e s of hous ing rehabilitatio n mi g ht b e u nderta ken w ith the l u mbe r i ndustry . Pro gram s mu s t a l so be deve lop e d w hi ch w ill defi ne the l o ng - r a n g e go als o f t he Urban Allia n ce and whic h w i ll fo c us attention on urban ne e ds. (1 ) A tas k forc e o f Mayor s could cond u c t on-site inspecti on s o f the e ffort s o f vari ous c ities to d eal with ma jor problems. The i n spection tour �' / PROGRAM IDEAS FOR THE ALLIANCE Agena& Pdper No . 3 January 27 , 1967 Page 2 would bring national attention to the ability of cities to handle problems such as law enforcement and urban renewa l. (2) The Urban Economic Council could bring an urban perspective to national economic policy considerations and could help project the needs o f localities for financial assistance for service programs and physical development projects. (3) A movie or television program cou ld be designed to emphasize the needs of cities as well as the ability of cities to deal with their problems if given adequate finan c ial assistance. For example , a tour o f a blighted area in c ity #1 might be followed by a view of an urban renewal project i n a similar area in city #2 ; a description of l arge - scale unempJ,oyment in city #2 might then be followed by a tour of a manpower program in city #1. (4) Conferences might be organized for Mayors and ·deans of Schools o f Public Administration to discuss the multiplicity of demands on an urban administrator. (5) A series of monographs might be produced on various problems with case h is tories of the different ways in which different cities have dealt with the problem. (6) Magazine articles should be sti mulated on dramatic urban programs. �
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Box 18, Folder 22, Document 2

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  • Text: URBAN ALLIANCE Agenda Paper No. 1 January 27, 1967 The needs of our urban areas have been emphasized with increasing intensity during the past year. the ills of our cities. groups. There has been a continuing recitation of Concern for the cities has been expressed by many But there has been no molding of such groups to obtain a strong, unified voice, urging a national commitment to meeting these needs. Business groups, civil rights organizations, labor, religious institutions, and representatives of local governments have ex pressed concern individu a lly. They have not collectively expressed the need for a national commitment to meeting the problems of the cities. It is proposed that Urban America serve as a catalyst in bringing these groups together. The focal point is, of course, the Mayors, who are responsible for the administration of America's cities. It is proposed, therefore, that Urban America proceed to hold a series of meetings between representativ es of the component groups of an Urban Alliance and a representative group from the Ad Hoc Committee of Mayors . These meetings would be for the purpose of developing an agenda for a national commitment to our cities . Concurrent with the holding of these preparatory meetings between the Mayors and each of the pro spective components i n the Alliance , w ill be the prep aration of specific staff work, includ ing : 1. a delineation of the magnitude of ur ba n ne eds 2. a r ecitatio n of th e e xtent to w hich c itie s have i ncreased e x penditures t o meet th ese n e eds �URBAN ALLIANCE Agenda Paper No. 1 January 27, 1967 Page 2 3 . a description of those administrative and organizational innovations that cities have adopted in order to meet the increased demand for services 4. a statement on the importance, efficacy, and accomplishments of existing urban programs 5. a preliminary agenda paper outlining the basic· dement s of:. a nationa l commitmen t . Urban America proposes that it proceed immediately to the preparation of the staff papers and that it initiate meetings between the Mayor s and representatives of groups who will compose the Urban Alliance. Urban America also proposes that another meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee of Mayors be scheduled in early spring to review the propo s ed a g e nda for the Urban Allia n ce a nd t o a pprove the next phas e of op eration. �
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Box 18, Folder 22, Document 4

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  • Text: l January 20th MEMORANDUM TO: Ann FROM: Dan The Urban American meeting will include a luncheon at 12: 30 Friday, January 27th at the M adison Hotel. Luncheon and session following should be o:ver no later than 4:3 0 pm. Also ask Mr. Allen if he has seen any news articles about Steven Currier and his wife being lost on airplane in the Bahamas. �
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