Box 3, Folder 7, Document 33

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Box 3, Folder 7, Document 33

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The 'Brookings Institution
Visiting Scholar Programs
January 23, 1969
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
City of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Ga. 3_030.3
Dear Mayor Allen:
I want to thank you for the intervie w on urban renewal which I had
with you during my recent visit to Atlanta over the Christmas holidays.
Your summary ·!Of w.l::a t urban renewal is a ccomplishing in Atlan'la am some of
the problems it is encountering is most helpful in my project on the history of the program.
I also appreciate the discussions I had with Mr. Sweat, Col. Jones, and
Mr. Satterfield and other staff of the Housing Authority. I have just finished ccnverting my notes to tape and find that these discussions, together
with the writt en materials furnished me, give me a current and comprehensive
view of the Atlanta urban renewal program.
Anyone who has been to Atlantaat d.if ferent t ime s over the l a st quarter
century, as I have, cannot fail to be impressed by the tremendous progress
that ha s been made in both the city's phJrsical and social development. The
priIIl2ry role that you have assigned to urban renewal is therefore most
This i s particularly so in view of the atta cl{S which have been
leveled against the program in the last seve ral years.
The mos t r ecent is the chapter, "From Slum Clearance to Urban Renewal, 11
in the report of the National Commission on Urban Problems, whic h ha s just
been released. I understand that this chapter was written personally by
Senator ~ aul Dougl as, chairman of t he Commissicn. Unfortu nately Senator
Douglas ' s attack is based :in large part on a di storted and inaccurate
version of the l egislative history of the program. ~ conclusion is based
on the opinions of others mo participated in this history, my observations
over two decades of close participation in the legislative and policy development of the program, and the review of events leading to the original
enactment in 1949 which I have just concluded as part of my project.
Programs like t.ha t in Atlanta an:i the support they have frcm the
community are undoubtedly better answers to that kind of criticism than
any attempts I or others can make to straighten out the reoord. So
I wish you and your associates continued success in your new efforts
midl have ju st been announced.
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