Box 18, Folder 22, Document 1

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January 27, 1967

The Urban Alliance should engage in a broad range of programs
to gain public attention and support for the needs of urban areas. Many of
these programs should be specially designed to establish a liaison with a
specific group by stressing a community of interest with that group, thereby
drawing it into the Alliance. These programs will be aimed as much at
forming the Alliance as at furthering its objectives. For example:

(1) A conference on mass transit might be a vehicle
tor developing ties with the steel industry, the
space industry, the electronics industry, the

(2) A broad-scale voter registration drive on a
national urban scale to insure greater partici-
pation in the democratic process might be
sponsored with civil rights groups, churches
and labor unions.

(3) A study group on the use of computers and
systems analysis to modernize governmental
operations might stimulate general support
among the business community.

(4) A joint project to develop new techniques of
housing rehabilitation might be undertaken
with the lumber industry.
Programs must also be developed which will define the long-range
goals of the Urban Alliance and which will focus attention on urban needs.
(1) A task force of Mayors could conduct on-site

inspections of the efforts of various cities to
deal with major problems. The inspection tour


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would bring national attention to the ability

of cities to handle problems such as law
enforcement and urban renewal.

The Urban Economic Council could bring an
urban perspective to national economic policy
considerations and could help project the
needs of localities for financial assistance

for service programs and physical development

A movie or television program could be designed
to emphasize the needs of cities as well as the
ability of cities to deal with their problems if
given adequate financial assistance. For ex-
ample, a tour of a blighted area in city #1

might be followed by a view of an urban renewal
project in a similar area in city #2; a description
of large-scale unemployment in city #2 might
then be followed by a tour of a manpower program
in city #1.

Conferences might be organized for Mayors and
deans of Schools of Public Administration to
discuss the multiplicity of demands on an urban

A series of monographs might be produced on
various problems with case histories of the
different ways in which different cities have
dealt with the problem.

Magazine articles should be stimulated on
dramatic urban programs.

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