Over the past two decades there has been a growing concern among mainline Christian churches in the United States with urban problems. In church convention resolutions, council encyclicals, religious tracts, and the public pronouncements of high church officials, American church bodies have repeatedly expressed their concern and dismay over the continuing plight of our major cities. Between 1960 and 1980, three Democratic and two Republican administrations forged a succession of policies and programs ostensibly designed to help reverse the economic decline and social rot of our aging central cities. In the shade of the Assembly Hall, a neo-Gothic stone structure that once housed the Utah State Legislature, a young guide, escorting a group of German tourists, stops in front of the Seagull Monument. The Beehive House is a classic New England frame in bright yellow with white trim. Beautiful, cosmopolitan, clean, well-ordered, and civilized, Salt Lake is unquestionably a great American city.