Most observers have attributed the fiscal crises that have affected many of our major urban centers in the last decade to a variety of market shifts in the American economy. According to the prevailing explanation, the decline in the fiscal capacity of cities was the inevitable result of the decreased economic attractiveness of urban centers. Government policies and underlying political exigencies have been deemed secondary causes, necessarily subordinate to market forces.
Frances F. Piven,
Federal Policy and Urban Fiscal Strain,
Yale L. & Pol'y Rev.
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