chapter  27
14 Pages

Urban Sprawl and Speculation in Suburban Land

ByMarion Clawson

All across the country, more and more people are waking up to the fact that their cities are in trouble, and that it is up to them to do something about it. Companies with a nation-wide interest in healthy communities and their buying power are adopting urban renewal as major policy. Brockport, NY, a town of about 5,000, General Electric (GE) Appliance Executive Joseph Orbin has taken the lead in the new Chamber of Commerce, spoken on urban renewal to a handful of community organizations, helped the Chamber beat the drum for a new planning commission. Another step forward came when Joseph Ross, president of Daniels and amp; Fisher department store, became president of city's new Urban Renewal Commission as well as director of executive committee of the Downtown Denver Improvement Association. In Atlanta, Real Estate Developer Frank M. Etheridge helped prod the Georgia legislature into urban renewal laws, pushed for a slum redevelopment program for downtown area near the Capitol.