Murphy address the population decline occurring in cities over the past few decades. He argues that if this trend is not reversed this could become a serious impediment to progress in the future. Section II of this article examines the problems that American cities are faced with that are contributing to urban decay such as the focus of government resources on the manufacturing sector when there has been a shift towards the services sector, the weakened pro-city support in Congress and the lack of economic optimism among racial and ethnic minorities living in urban areas. Section III of this article discusses potential solutions to these urban problems at the public and private level and also the array of current proposed solutions, such as the Urban Development Bank, the Kemp-Garcia bill and the McGill Commission.



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