ERIC Number: ED247341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Problems in Urban Centers: Philadelphia--Los Angeles--Houston. Oversight Hearings before the Committee on the District of Columbia. House of Representatives, Ninety-Seventh Congress, First and Second Sessions on Problems in Urban Centers, Washington, D.C., and the Federal Government Role (June 15, 30, 1981, and February 12, 1982). Volume II. Serial No. 97-15.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the District of Columbia.
This is the second published volume of the House Committee on the District of Columbia's hearings and findings on the problems of urban centers in America and the Federal government role. The earlier volume focused on Washington, D.C. as a central model and viewed urban problems very broadly. Based on findings presented in the earlier volume, the present volume examines the particular problems of urban environments that are different from Washington, D.C. in geographic and socioeconomic character. The hearings transcribed here were held in Philadelphia, Houston, and Los Angeles in 1981 and 1982. Witnesses (40 in number) are primarily local in their concerns and involvement. Problems discussed fall into three general categories: crime, housing, and employment. The Philadelphia section focuses on the witnesses' concern that the loss of Law Enforcement Assistance Administration funds would substantially undermine law enforcement--even as violence in the city is increasing. In Los Angeles, the most discussed concern is over the rise of youth gangs and violence, a problem said to arise from unemployment and nonassimilation of recent immigrants (particularly Hispanics and Asians). The Houston hearings contain testimony that this city's "boom" is deceptive and does not extend to persons at the lower levels of income. Like those in the other cities, Houston witnesses favor increased Federal involvement toward solving their city's problems. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the District of Columbia.
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles); Pennsylvania (Philadelphia); Texas (Houston)