ERIC Number: ED105016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: 0
City Hall and the Neighborhoods: A Street-Level View of Urban Problems. Paper Series No. 5186.
Urban problems have been discussed for so long and with so little effect that the litany of urban crisis is now a hollow incantation. One way out is to go back to the neighborhoods and experience "urban problems" as they affect particular people and places. The author's own street-level perspective was gained in five months of field work on the Lower East Side of New York City. Today the area includes Jewish concentrations, Puerto Ricans, Blacks, some Italians, a burgeoning Chinese population, and Polish and Ukranian neighborhoods. To walk the streets of the lower East Side is to see the urban past and how it has evolved--both changing and unchanged--into the present. As a participant-observer in one urban neighborhood, the author tried to answer four different sorts of questions: (1) How did Government programs affect the neighborhood? (2) What was the impact of street-level bureaucrats' in the area? (3) How did local residents adapt to life in their neighborhood? (4) How did neighborhood organizations respond to local problems? The sidewalk observer's most important realization is that citizen resources and energies remain a powerful but still latent force at the street level and that there is little being done in City Hall to build neighborhood democracy on the foundation. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.