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An examination of the problems of the cities and a proposed agenda for research in urban housing, employment, welfare, public order, and health services. This study is the result of contributions prepared by members of the RAND staff following a Workshop on Urban Problems financed by The Ford Foundation and The RAND Corporation. Little systematic data on American cities exist, and there is an inadequate catalog of policy alternatives and of the consequences that may result from the choice of particular alternatives. The unsolved problems of the cities are not likely to respond to superficial attacks with limited resources. Solid analytical work is a prerequisite to successful programs. In the effort to solve the problems of the cities, universities and private research organizations have a role to play in work that cuts across disciplinary lines — gathering data in the field as well as in the library, and maintaining and renewing an openness to ideas. Even the most effective research will not be enough to solve the problems of the cities, but, without it, those problems will not be resolved even in part.

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