Elinor Guggenheimer

Sunday, November 03, 1963

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

November 3, 1963

Mrs. Randolph Guggenheimer, member of the City Planning Commission is interviewed by Seymour N. Siegel.

His first question to her is "why should a woman be on the City Planning Commission?" She believes that a woman has a special contribution to planning - related to being a housewife, experiencing neighborhood shopping, and dealing with school and parks locations. She also clarifies that she has taken courses in city planning at Pratt and majored in mathematics in college, as well as taking a few engineering courses.

She goes on to discuss the planned city rehabilitation plan. She also gives her opinion on the "bulldozer approach." She also notes that there will be a need for subsidies to ensure people in these buildings will not be forced from their homes.

She also discusses the "projects" and recreational facilities found in these areas.

She mentions Cooper Square and the Bowery Area "homeless men" problem.

She identifies herself as a "grassroots gal" who has worked with many community groups to accomplish goals.

They discuss underground parking garages.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71914
Municipal archives id: T373


Elinor C. Guggenheimer

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Seymour N. Siegel interviews New York City officials about municipal issues.

City Close Up (1963-1964) offers a more personal context for sweeping issues like urban planning, political campaigns, public safety, and civil rights.  With a strong focus on the function of government, these citizen-centric interviews include both commentary and information. 


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