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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
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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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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 :
a delineation of the magnitude of ur ba n ne eds
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
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.
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
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,
Agenda Paper No. 2
January 27, 1967
Page 2
the staff economist hired, and an initial meeting of the Council held.
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.
January 20th
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 .
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
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
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.?
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 .
\ \
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.
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.
January 13, 196 7
ATLANTA, GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404
R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant
MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR. , Director of Governmental Liaison
To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
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:
Follow up on steps to form the coalition of Mayors and
other key groups such as busine ss, labor, civil rights,
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.
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
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
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
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
(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
J anuary 12 , 196 7
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
�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 ,
, 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.
~ ~
., ,,,
Dan E. Sweat,
For your information
Please refer to the attached correspondence and -make the
necessary reply.
Advise me the status of the attached .
FORM 2 5·4-S
P HON E J A. 2•4 4 63
Ivan All e n ,
Jr. , May or
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�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
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
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~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
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
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
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 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
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