The Public Interest

The new towns program and why it failed

Hugh Evans & Lloyd Rodwin

Summer 1979

FIRST authorized in 1968, then significantly expanded in 1970, the New Communities program was, according to its former administrator, “reduced to a salvage operation in exactly four years.” The program was dismantled in the fall of 1978, three years after even the more modest of its objectives had been jettisoned in a scramble to bolster the precarious financial positions of individual projects.

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