By Michael Gecan
An established neighborhood organizer outlines the way to opposite the fifty-year decline in social mobility and financial growth.
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During the most productive years of its housing revival, New York City spent more than the next 50 American cities combined on housing creation and rehabilitation. It shows. The return on this investment is incalculable. A fifth conclusion is that there may be a need for less government and more planning. Today, there is as much, or more, local, county, and state legislative activity as ever despite decreasing revenues for fewer and fewer priorities. The virulence of internal disagreements and personal vendettas will only increase michael gecan as resources disappear.
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