Urban Development


Green and Hunt address the issue of whether the federal government should focus on "solving the nation's macroeconomic problems" with the hope that it will encourage local economic activity, or focus directly on "localities that are in social, economic or fiscal distress." They discuss and highlight the shortcomings of past federal initiatives to aid declining urban areas such as Hoover's Reconstruction Finance Corporation, the Housing Act of 1954, the Urban Development Action Grant program, the Community Development Block Grant, the Area Redevelopment Act, the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 and the Reagan Administrations Kemp-Garcia plan. Green and Hunt compare these various initiatives to show that while broad economic approaches are not always the most efficient method of distributing government resources, using targeting criteria invites political and economic issues. However, Green and Hunt conclude by arguing that because infrastructure is the basis of economic development, the targeting approach is the best method to address the specific needs of urban areas in distress.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.