Urban Renewal Politics: Slum Clearance in Newark

Urban Renewal Politics: Slum Clearance in Newark

Urban Renewal Politics: Slum Clearance in Newark

Urban Renewal Politics: Slum Clearance in Newark

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This study originally appeared in 1961 as a Columbia University Ph.D. dissertation. Most of the research for the dissertation was carried out during 1959 and 1960. As part of that research I interviewed close to fifty people in Newark and reinterviewed about fifteen of them. In the summer of 1959 I was employed as a Redevelopment Analyst by the Newark Housing Authority.

In revising the dissertation for publication, I concluded that to reinterview participants and to make an exhaustive study of the urban renewal system since 1960 would not be feasible. Therefore, the present study remains an account of the 1949-60 period; a concluding chapter briefly summarizes the major events of 1960-63.

A number of people have contributed to this study, but several deserve special mention.

Professors Wallace S. Sayre and David B. Truman have taught me most of what I know about politics and government. I have been particularly fortunate in having both of them as advisers on the dissertation and on this manuscript. They have suffered through the many versions and drafts of this study and have never failed to provide insightful criticism and encouragement.

This study would not have been possible without the cooperation of many people in Newark, most of whom prefer to remain anonymous. The members of NHA's staff proved particularly generous with their time and made all relevant documents available to me. Of all those in Newark who provided help and encouragement, special mention must be made of Joseph Nevin, Director of Redevelopment of NHA and my boss for one summer. If there is any item of consensus in Newark's urban renewal system, it is the great esteem in which he is held.

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