ERIC Number: ED105049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Comparisons among Three Diverse Cities: San Jose, California, Seattle, Washington, and St. Louis, Missouri.
Williams, Barbara R.
Although some comparisons among three diverse cities were made, the three cities were selected precisely because they represented diverse clusters of urban problems. San Jose, California, was the scene of very rapid growth for more than a decade. St. Louis, Missouri, on the other hand, contained the prototypical problems of a declining central city, including one of the highest rates of building and neighborhood abandonment in the U.S. Seattle, Washington, represented a metropolitan area responding favorably to a strong exogenous shock. Under the high unemployment caused by aircraft industry lay-offs during the late sixties and early seventies, the economy showed unexpected resilience. Rand's research in San Jose, Seattle, and St. Louis represents work done in the first year of what was conceived to be a five-to-seven year research program during which 12 to 15 cities would be studied in depth. The intent of the research effort was to create a frame work that could guide policy decisions at (ultimately) all levels of government. Comparisons that could be made among these three quite diverse cities related to the topics of major urban policies, constraints on local officials, the people versus territory issue, and other conceptual comparisons. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California; California (San Jose); Missouri; Missouri (Saint Louis); Washington; Washington (Seattle)