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Robert Clifton Weaver and the American CityThe Life and Times of an Urban Reformer$
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Wendell E. Pritchett

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226684482

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.001.0001

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An Elder Statesman in a Period of Turmoil

An Elder Statesman in a Period of Turmoil

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Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City
University of Chicago Press

In January 1969, Weaver returned to New York for good. He would live in the city for the next twenty-eight years, until his death, and would continue to contribute his time and knowledge to solving urban and racial problems. During the 1970s, Weaver would lead a major public institution through a formative period in the history of American universities, and he would serve on the boards of numerous public and private organizations, most importantly the Municipal Assistance Corporation, the entity created to bring the city back from the brink of financial collapse. Throughout the decade, one that was an economic and social disaster for American cities in general (and New York in particular), Weaver would witness the scaling back or elimination of many of the initiatives he had promoted. Despite these travails, Weaver would remain optimistic about the future of cities and of African Americans.

Keywords:   Robert C. Weaver, financial collapse, Municipal Assistance Corporation, American cities

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