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City Limits Magazine, August/September 1992 Issue

City Limits Magazine, August/September 1992 Issue

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Cover Story: Stop The Violence, Youth organizing and youth centers are moving from rhetoric to reality. Both helped calm the storm in Washington Heights, by Andrew White.

Other stories include Mary Keefe on Cooperative Home Care Associates; Jacqueline Leavitt on the unrecognized network of grassroots organizations in Los Angeles during the riots; Margaret Mittelbach on the potential ruin that could be done to Brooklyn neighborhoods during lengthy repairs to the Gowanus Expressway; Samme Chittum on the federal transportation battle between mass transit advocates and the highway lobby; Dorothy Jasper’s book review of “No Place To Be: Voices of Homeless Children,” by Judith Berck; Lois Harr on the increasing corruption of community-based
organizing by community development corporations.
Cover Story: Stop The Violence, Youth organizing and youth centers are moving from rhetoric to reality. Both helped calm the storm in Washington Heights, by Andrew White.

Other stories include Mary Keefe on Cooperative Home Care Associates; Jacqueline Leavitt on the unrecognized network of grassroots organizations in Los Angeles during the riots; Margaret Mittelbach on the potential ruin that could be done to Brooklyn neighborhoods during lengthy repairs to the Gowanus Expressway; Samme Chittum on the federal transportation battle between mass transit advocates and the highway lobby; Dorothy Jasper’s book review of “No Place To Be: Voices of Homeless Children,” by Judith Berck; Lois Harr on the increasing corruption of community-based
organizing by community development corporations.

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August/September1992NewYork'sCommunityAffairsNewsMagazine
$2.50
THEREALL.A.STORY
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WORKER-OWNEDJOBTRAININGGOWANUSREPAIRSTHREATENNEIGHBORHOODS
LessonsFromWashingtonHeights
NewLifeForGrassrootsYouthOrganizing
 
City
Limits
Volume
XVII
Number
7
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is
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Contributing
Editors: MaryKeefe.Errol Louis. Pet
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AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
1992/CITY
UMITS
Summer
of
Surprises
C
all
it the summer
of surprises. Forget about Ross Perot: Who
would
have believed a year ago
that
MayorDavidDinkins
would
be
rising
in
the
polls,
thatthe
Democratic National Convention
would turn
into
a New York City lovefest
and that
youthful peacemakers
wouldhelp
quell riots
in
Washington Heights?Don't get dizzy from
the shine on the
Big Apple.
The
success
of
the
convention
seems
due
to tight orchestration, a little
bit
of
luck
and
lot
of
expensive
public
relations polishing. While
the
party's leaders wereorating about
the
greater good, corporate lobbyists were glad-handing atlavish parties
paid
for by
the
taxpayers: pretty
much
business
as usual.But as for
the
mayor
and
Washington
Heights-it's
worth
taking a
brief
respite from
the
conventional
wisdom
of cynicism.After a sluggish,
disappointing
two years, Mayor Dinkins is starting
to
hit
his
stride. Despite
the monstrous budget
problems of
therecent
past,
which
have
helped
push
the
city
into
crisis-driven, short-term policymaking,
the
Dinkins
administration
has
begun
a
bit
of a
turnaround.
Recycling is
back
on
the agenda,
the
city is finally
reducing
the
size
of
some
of the
armory shelters for
the
homeless,
and
the
public
hospitalshave
won
some fiscal
independence,
which
shouldprodthem
intogreater efficiency
and
more preventive healthcare. All
this
comes
with
aqualifier: all too often
the
Dinkins
administration
had
to
be
dragged,kicking
and
screaming, to do
the
right thing. Too
many
times
it
took the
harshwordsof
a judge
and
the
promise of tough penalties to make thesechanges
happen.
But there's
one
area
where
the
administration
deserves some
unquali
fied praise. Besides
the
massive
expenditure on
police,
the
"Safe Streets,Safe City" program
has
funnelled
more
than
$10
million
into innovativeprograms for
youth
centers
and
youth
organizing
in
the
city's
neediest
neighborhoods. It's a relatively small
amount
ofmoney,
but
effectivenonetheless.Two elements of the
new
programs
inspire
optimism. Young
people
themselves are involved
in
some
of the
decision-making at
the
Depart
mentof
Youth
Services,
which
is overseeing
the
programs.
And
many ofthe
new
efforts are operating
out of
community-based organizations,
whichhelps
develop
the
strength
of
neighborhood institutions.As Senior Editor
Andrew
White writes this
month
in
"Stop
theViolence,"
it was
a neighborhood-based group, Alianza Dominicana,
andnew
youthleadership
programs
thathelped
stop
the
rioting
in
Washing
ton
Heights
in
July. For sure,
other
elements were also important: thesense
that the community
has
a voice
in
City Hall
through
new
CouncilMember Guillermo Linares,
and
the mayor's growing expertise
at
handling
urban
crises after
the
Korean groceryboycott
in
Flatbush
and
theriots a year ago
in
Crown Heights.But
the work
of young peacemakers was essential, according to
community
leaders.
The
city's
new
youth
programs are only a start,
but
they
show
what
can
happen when
rhetoric about"caringfor
children"
and
"the
future
of New
York" is
translated
into reality. Perhaps some of
this
small
optimism
is also
warrantedon
a
national
level-but
wewon't
find
that out until
November.
***
Correction:
City Limits
misstated
the
extent ofCarmelo Saez's connections to the
United
Nautical Cadets
in
"Failure
of
Democracy,"
in
theJune-July
1992
issue.
The
director
of the
organization
with
family ties toSaez resigned last October.0
Cover photograph
by
Bill Biggart/lmpact Visuals.
 
,I
FEATURES
StoptheViolence
There's
new
energy-and
funding-for
communitybasedyouth
programs
in
New
York.
12
Los Angeles: TheCommunityView
Aground-level
view
of
what
was was
ignored
in
the
aftermath
of the
Los Angeles riots.
14
TheRoad to Ruin
Rebuilding
the
Gowanus expressway
could
destroy astringof Brooklyn neighborhoods.
16
DEPARTMENTS
Editorial
Summer
of
Surprises
..............................
..
..
.............2
Briefs
Budget Office Battle................................................
.4
Harlem Organizing ...................................................
4
Women's Health
Agency Cut..........
...
.....................5
Obituaries
Margaret McNeill.................
..
.........................
..
.......
5
Bimbo Rivas .............................................................5
Profile
Careful
Training
.......................................................6
Pipeline
Rough Travelling............................
.......................
20
Review
A PlaceI'veBeen ...........................................
........
23
City View
When
Organizing Is
Corrupted
..............................
24
Letters
..........................
..
............................................
26
ResourcesClearinghouse
..................................
..
..
....
29
Job
Ads
............................
...
........................................
31
Stop the Violence/Page
12
Los
Angeles/Page
14
Road to Ruin/Page
16
CITY
UMITS/AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 199213

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