Industrial Location in the New York Area

Industrial Location in the New York Area

Industrial Location in the New York Area

Industrial Location in the New York Area

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In January, 1954, the Rockefeller Foundation made a grant to The City College in support of a three-and-one-half year program of research in the varied aspects of life in metropolitan New York. The purpose of this research grant was to develop materials and courses of study at the graduate level on the New York Metropolitan Area as a focus of American urban civilization and the term "development of materials" was interpreted to include basic research as well as the identification of existing sources and their development into resource materials for instruction. A companion grant from the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation made possible the establishment of a program of graduate instruction in which the products of research might be utilized and evaluated as resource materials in seminar and classroom.

The administration of the project was lodged in a faculty group known as the New York Area Research Council, with the present writer as Chairman. The Research Council evolved a prospectus of research and an experimental course of study leading to the M.A. degree. Both the research project and the course of study were centered in the general theme of "The New York Metropolitan Area as a Viable or an Adequately Effective Functioning Community." The individual investigations and the individual courses were designed to help define the distinctive character of the New York metropolitan community, to note its development, how it operates, what its shortcomings are, and the extent to which it has been successful in producing a good life for its citizens.

As the program of research has developed and faculty members have been invited to undertake special studies, the New York Area Research Council has grown into a body of more than 25 scholars, and an Advisory Council of eminent specialists has been established as a panel for individual consultation. The New York Area Research Council has met once a month to consider and act upon projects as they have been formulated and to hear and discuss progress reports. The discussions have dealt with general objectives, goals of the research segments, interrelationships among the individual researches, relevance to the general theme, and the methodology employed in each study.

While the general approach has been inter-disciplinary, the individual experts have been encouraged to employ the methodology of their respective fields of study. Thus the segments of research undertaken by members of the Research Council bear the imprint of departmental formulation and technique (i.e., historical, governmental, sociological, economic, psychological, etc.). The combined efforts of the Research Council have served to relate each study to the total theme.

At the time of writing (June, 1956) the program of research has been . . .

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