Washington Abandons the Cities? Trends, Consequences and Solutions

October 12, 1995
New York, NY

Washington Abandons the Cities was a symposium presented by The Academy of Political Science, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Homes for the Homeless, and Community Service Society of New York.

American cities have long been the gateway to economic prosperity and cultural assimilation. Yet today, they are plagued with financial difficulties and social unrest. What lies ahead for our nation's cities? Is it the responsibility of the federal government to support them as engines of growth, or does their decline over the last thirty years illustrate an unspoken policy to abandon them? The answers to these and other questions were addressed and debated by esteemed experts from the fields of social policy, political science, government and economics.

Keynote Speaker

Charles E. Schumer
U.S. House of Representatives


Ralph Da Costa Nunez
President/CEO, Homes for the Homeless


Demetrios Caraley
President, The Academy of Political Science

Leonard N. Stern
Chairman, Hartz Industries

John Jay Iselin
President, Cooper Union


Demetrios Caraley
Janet Robb Professor of the Social Sciences Barnard College and Columbia University

Bill Green
Former Representative, U.S. House

Robert D. Reischauer
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Former Director, Congressional Budget Office

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