A Neighborhood Finds Itself

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CHAPTER 15
New Problems and New Solutions

Developing a basis for this complex cooperation would have been difficult enough under the most favorable circumstances. The existence of a powerful new organization and the beginning of the urban renewal program added complications that often threatened to split the community.

It was inevitable that the entry into the field of a new community organization, using different methods from those in which the conference had pioneered and supported by power groups antagonistic to the conference, should create inter-organizational misunderstandings, jurisdictional problems, overlapping, duplication of effort, and confusion in the community and the city.

At first, however, there was no sign of difficulty. A genuine disposition on the part of both organizations to coordinate their efforts was evidenced by the appointment of Sydney Stein, Jr., the conference chairman, as the South East Chicago Commission's vice-chairman in charge of program, and the election of ten members of the conference board of directors to the commission's seventy-five-man board. Ursula Stone of George Williams College, appointed acting director of the commission until a permanent director could be found, was knowledgeable about community organization and worked in close daily contact with

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