CITIZEN PARTICIPATION AND THE MINORITY VIEWPOINT

A CLOSE RELATION EXISTS BETWEEN RACE AND TRANSPORTATION. THE POSITION OF THE NON-WHITE IN THE PRESENT SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF THE COUNTRY IS EXAMINED IN THE LIGHT OF HISTORY. NON-WHITE PROTEST CARRIES NO POLITICAL WEIGHT. THE FAILURE OF THE CITY OF CLEVELAND TO INVOLVE PEOPLE IN THE PLANNING PROCESS IS DISCUSSED. POLITICAL DECISION WAS MADE FOR THE BENEFIT OF PRIVATE DEVELOPERS. THE QUESTION IS RAISED AS TO WHETHER THE EXISTING POLITICAL PROCESS COULD BE USED TO STOP CERTAIN TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS THAT WERE DESIGNED FOR NON-WHITES INSTEAD OF WITH THEM. IF PLANNERS DID NOT VIEW NON-WHITES AS OBJECTS OF SUSPICION, THIS WOULD NOT BE A DIFFICULT PROBLEM. CONSEQUENCES WHICH MUST BE FACED WHEN THE NON-WHITE CITIZEN IS UNABLE TO EXPRESS HIMSELF IN GOVERNMENT PROCEDURES IS DESCRIBED. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE SAME PROCEDURES USED TO ENCOURAGE WHITE CITIZENS SHARE IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS BE USED WITH NON-WHITE CITIZENS AS WELL. SPECIAL PROBLEMS FACED BY NON-WHITES SUCH AS LACK OF RELOCATION ASSISTANCE (IN A CASE IN CLEVELAND) AND UNEMPLOYMENT ARE OUTLINED. IT IS URGED THAT MORE CONFERENCES BE HELD TO INFORM PLANNERS OF THESE SPECIAL PROBLEMS. PLANNING IN NON-WHITE COMMUNITIES NOT ONLY WOULD BE BENEFICIAL BUT WOULD ALSO RESULT IN TOTAL COMMUNITY PROGRESS.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 62-65
  • Monograph Title: CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00240290
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1974 12:00AM