The Necessary Majority: Middle America and the Urban Crisis

The Necessary Majority: Middle America and the Urban Crisis

The Necessary Majority: Middle America and the Urban Crisis

The Necessary Majority: Middle America and the Urban Crisis

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PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON and Secretary Robert Weaver were responsible for most of the actions this book describes. To the President I am grateful for constant patience and personal support of some of the highly risky ventures in the launching of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Bob Weaver was a wise friend and considerate colleague, and I count our three years together as a very special time. Cabinet and sub-Cabinet associates contributed to that experience, and above all so did the first five assistant secretaries of HUD: Philip Brownstein, Charles Haar, Donald Hummel, Dwight Ink, and Ralph Taylor. Whatever the ultimate judgments of HUD in its formative period, as the urban crisis of the sixties broke upon us, the department remained a going organization. These men kept it going.

But those who take action do so from a limited perspective. For more detached and precise appraisals of the process of urban development and ways to guide . . .

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