Box 9, Folder 26, Document 12

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Box 9, Folder 26, Document 12

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Special Legislation for the
Revitalization of
Central Business Districts
The central business districts which constitute the cultural
and economic hearts of cities, the principal tax resources, and
the principal sources of employment in most communities, are
facing increasingly serious problems of decay and congestion.
renewal and revitalization of downtowns require a special approach
and treatment not available or possible under existing law, regulations, and procedures.
In order to enable a city to undertake comprehensive progra ms
to strengthen the ability of its central business district to
function effectively, new legislation is required which will:
Recognize that the health of commercial, industrial ,
and cultural functions of central business districts
is essential to a well balanced community.
Permit the Secretary to qualify site improveme nt s a nd
supporting facilities as part of the gross proj e ct
cost a nd as lo c al g r a nts-in - aid .
Allow f o r the acquisition and rehab i litati on o f
hist o ri c al prope r ties in s uch a re as.
Permit waiver of resi d en ti a l requi r e ments in renewing central bu siness district s.
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Revitalization of central business districts made possible
by the attached amendment will:
Strengthen the tax base of cities.
Permit the use of the increased local tax resources to
more nearly meet the educational, social welfare,
recreational, and cultural needs of the people.
Improve the economic health of cities.
Increase employment opportunities for unskilled and
semi-skilled in central business districts where the
greatest potential for such employment exists now and
will exist even more so as revitalization is accomplished.
This proposed legislation was introduced in the 88th Congress
as R.R. 6431 and as a part of S. 2031, and was endorsed by:
United Stat e s Conference of Mayors
Nation a l Le a gue of Cities
Joint Council on Housing and Urban Development
National Associ a tion of Housing a nd Redevelopment Officials
Nation a l Hous in g Conferenc e
March 25 , 1966

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