measures. The city has already pioneered in many areas of housing legislation. Americans need to decide, I think, if we want to preserve cities at all, or to build luxury cities, or polarized cities, or simply to militarize and privatize them, and abandon them to the very poor. The conservative, deficit-driven political agenda of the 1990s evades the fact that poverty is an emergency, too, consigning the children of the poor, and their children, to generations of joblessness and homelessness. Considering what the $2 trillion cost of "winning" the Cold War might have done for urban America, Los Angeles historian Mike Davis (n.d.) points out that the interest on the deficit that mounted during the 1980s is six times larger today than the annual combined budgets of America's fifty largest cities. The voters are in the suburbs, and we have every reason to fear that the same tax breaks and subsidies that have encouraged overdevelopment there will complement a continuing, savage, hollowing-out of jobs, housing, and public services in the cities. Washington's gentrified enclaves, abandoned buildings, and urban ghosts play out these processes harshly but well. We need to set aside the myths, understand the processes, and continue to organize.