Lewis E. Soli

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Richard L. McAnaw

Second Advisor

Dr. James D. Cochrane

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The Challenge of the 60's

The city of the 1960's us awakening to its present condition and is attempting to take positive steps towards the alleviation or the solution of a multitude of problems. Typical of the problems is the erosion of the local tax base, a loss of population, an increase in crime and delinquency, and persistent demands by fringe area residents for extensions of municipal services. A problem that affects cities of all sizes is that of blight, deterioration, and decay. One method of dealing with this problem is through local participation in the Federally-sponsored urban renewal program.

American cities along with the vast urban complexes contain over two-thirds of the national population. With urban areas as the life blood of America, the increased academic examination of urban conditions and urban problems is not inappropriate. Many aspects of urban renewal projects have been researched. Studies have been undertaken to determine the effect of urban renewal of land usage,1 the problem and result of family and business relocation,2 the impact of a project on the local and the national economy,3 and the financing of urban renewal by private enterprise or by local governmental units.4