The Withering Away of the City

The Withering Away of the City

The Withering Away of the City

The Withering Away of the City

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The institutions and processes of government are inescapably related to the techniques and patterns of living of the populations with which they are concerned. These patterns of life are always changing, but the pace of change in urban America has been particularly rapid in the current generation. Most of us are so deeply immersed in these transformations that we do not understand their nature very well, and we see even less clearly the governmental adaptations that will be associated with changes in living patterns. In the realm of public policy, second perhaps only to the challenges of international relations in a nuclear age are the challenges of providing tolerable and attractive conditions of life in our growing urban agglomerations. These essays are an attempt to describe and speculate about some of the developments in governmental institutions and processes related to changes in urban life.

This volume is based upon lectures delivered at the University of Alabama in November, 1961. For . . .

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