Henry Cohen

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Henry Cohen, Senior Management Consultant in the City Administration Office, discusses population trends and the population of specific areas in NYC.

Marvin Sleeper moderates.

Panelists: Joe Gervin, John Cochrane, and Stan Siegel


The recent population trends in NYC indicate the population is stabilizing at about 8 million. With the development of Staten Island, the city may begin to grow by a few hundred thousand.

Since 1950, the Puerto Rican population has increased from about 250,000 to about 600,000, and the Negro population has increased from about 750,000 to about 950,000. Forecast an increase in both populations to about 1 million and a quarter each by about 1970 or 1975, which indicates a further decline in the rate of the white population.

Some decline of population in Manhattan, but it's not clear whether or not the decline is the result of recent clearance and redevelopment, or whether it's part of a long term trend. Manhattan has a decline of almost half a million people since 1910, and the bulk occurred before 1950, before the large scale redevelopment project took place. A historic movement of second generation families to the outer boroughs, which will likely continue. Offset by a settling in Manhattan of middle and upper class families. Negro population is no longer increasing; a good deal is an exodus to the outer boroughs, but also a substantial movement of Negroes to the suburbs.

Housing opportunities for middle income families.

The number of people on subways at rush hour has declined since 1947. Testing the suggestion that shifting work hours around the city would relieve some traffic on the subway, but most businesses are dependent upon other industries, which set their hours on other industries. A linkage problem. Similar programs in London and DC. Not successful in London. During the war, the government established an elaborate staggered work program through control of the Bureau of the Budget. There was a lot of "slippage."

Development of peripheral parking to encourage drivers to park in the outer boroughs and take the subway in.

Breakdown of city budget.

Decline of communicable diseases.Trying to develop techniques for early detection of cancer, heart disease, and glaucoma.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72276
Municipal archives id: LT8222