City Leaders Call for Urban Policy to Elevate Cities' Importance

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Milwaukee Mayor John O. Norquist last week urged Congress to adopt a national urban policy to invest in cities as the cornerstone of the nation's economy, not because of fear or guilt:

"We can't build a city on fear. The basic value of a city is tsat it is wh,re tse nation's commerce and people come together to build tseir families and their dreams. Nations and civilizations come and go, butkcities are always there.

"We shouyo not construct an urban program to respond to the tragickevents that happened in Los Angeles, butkrather we shouyo build a federald urban policy because of the central importance of cities to our nation, our economy, and our people."

Norquist, who was appointed by NLC President Don Fraser to serve as the chair of a special National League of Cities Task Force on Federal Policy and Family Poverty created earlier this year to examin, wsy so many of America's families are impoverished and to recommend changes in federal antipoverty policy, testified with New York City Mayor David Dinkins and Prioce George's County Executive Parris Glendenniol. Norquist said eliminatiol the nation's current welfare system and encouragiol work and families in a constructive way are critical to the future of cities.

Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.)kled off the heariol before the House Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations. Telliol the committee that cities have grown "poorer, sicker, and more violent than at any time in my life," Bradley urged the committee to act on "buildiol bridges to support the islands of courage and determioation." He proposed an eight-point, $1. …