|Creator:||Athens Model Cities Program (Athens, Ga.).|
|Title:||Athens Model Cities Program|
|Quantity:||0.8 Linear feet (2 document boxes)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of the correspondence, policy board minutes, by-laws, surveys, plans, evaluations and projects connected with the Athens Model Cities Program. This material duplicates, and in come cases supplements, the materials in the catalogued collection of material regarding this program.|
"The Model Cities Programme was an element of United States President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and War on Poverty. The ambitious federal urban aid program ultimately fell short of its goals.
Authorized November 3, 1966 by the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966, the program ended in 1974. Model Cities originated in response to several concerns of the mid-1960s. Widespread urban violence, disillusionment with existing urban renewal programmes, and bureaucratic difficulties in the first years of the War on Poverty led to calls for reform of federal programmes. The Model Cities initiative created a new program at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) intended to improve coordination of existing urban programs. Several still troubled cities including Detroit, Oakland, Newark and Camden received funding. The program's initial goals emphasized comprehensive planning, involving not just rebuilding but also rehabilitation, social service delivery, and citizen participation. In 1969 the Nixon administration officially changed course; however in the majority of cities, citizen participation mechanisms continued to play an important role in local decision-making."
Source: "Model Cities Program." Wikipedia.
The collection is organized into two boxes which contain a total of 16 folders. Box 1 contains: 1. Correspondence. 2. Policy board minutes, 1968 : by-laws and representatives. 3. Policy board mintues, 1969. 4. Policy board minutes, 1970. 5. Policy board minutes, 1971. 6. Policy board minutes, 1972. 7. Policy board minutes, 1973. 8. Policy board, drafts of by-laws, 1970-1973. 9. Community survey. Box 2 contains: 1. Project evaluation and priority rankings. 2. Social services and economic manpower projects, third action year. 3. Plans for the fourth action year. 4. Social services and economic manpower projects, fourth action year. 5. Employment services project. 6. Physical environment projects. 7. Miscellaneous material and duplicates. In addition to this material, there is a grouping of 26 items from Dr. Melvin's office. The collection is arranged in chronological order.
Related materials held by the Georgia Room: Athens model cities, Athens, Georgia: second year plan / Athens Model Cities Program. [Athens, Ga., 1971]. HN80.A83 A83 and Athens model cities, Athens, Georgia: third year plan / Athens Model Cities Program. [Athens, Ga., 1972]. HN80.A83 A84.
Athens Model Cities Program, 1968-1973. MS 879. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.