Congressman John Lindsay

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Congressman John V. Lindsay at City Hall, 1963.

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From card catalog: Congressman John Lindsay discusses city planning. Talks about planning in other cities and how New York must plan to meet the problems of rapid growth in population and other problems. Questions and answers.

Lindsay begins by comparing the city planning behind Chicago and Washington, D.C. Briefly advocates for DC adopting Home Rule. Moves on to briefly Los Angeles (doesn't have too much to teach us). New York's problems will be super problems. Cities are for people, the fulfillment of our city is to be found in elevation of man, not monuments. A period of turmoil and change; he would like to lead that change as mayor. Stump speech, master plan of NYC. Uses Greenwich Village as an example of a better informed city plan.

Questions: Specific plans? Retain and tighten rent control. Reaction to the phantom army? Another question about rent control cites rent increases at 1342 Fulton St in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Integration of city schools and school buses. De facto segregation leads to unequal education. School system is in a state of complete revolution and change. Improvement of ghetto areas, elevation of housing conditions. One must attract the white community in to achieve quality and integration, school complexes on the inside and outside of ghetto complexes. Create school conditions within the ghetto areas that are good. Planning "from the sidewalk," his plans for improving city services through improved resources and neighborhood values. Water shortage? The mayor should have warned citizens and asked them to conserve water. Not opposed to charging big water users more, a metering system. What are his plans for dealing with the corruption in local government? Restructuring, caliber of people

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70905
Municipal archives id: T634