Reinventing America’s Cities
This New York Times article advances the idea of using available federal funds to reinvest in our cities to improve efficiencies in the way we live and reduce the barriers between neighborhoods. New Orleans, Los Angeles, The Bronx and Buffalo are provided as examples. (It could have just as easily listed Allentown.) According to the article:
The problem in America is not a lack of ideas. It is a tendency to equate any large-scale government construction project, no matter how thoughtful, with the most brutal urban renewal tactics of the 1950s. One result has been that pioneering projects that skillfully blend basic infrastructure with broader urban needs like housing and park space are usually killed in their infancy. Another is that we now have an archaic and grotesquely wasteful federal system in which upkeep for roads, subways, housing, public parkland and our water supply are all handled separately.