To the best of our knowledge, this is the first book written on this subject by formally trained, experienced professionals in city planning, downtown revitalization and transportation.
There are two sections. The first describes the problems of sick cities and then outlines a vision of great cities, an action program and a bold initiative. A "Catch-Up Education" program is seen as the only way to provide the left-behind underclass with a way out of their despair with an illustration of an existing model. The importance of a strong private-public partnership is discussed. The ways to pay for Great Cities without the influx of a new federal grant-in-aid program and the benefits to be gained conclude the first section.
The second section provides insight into the community accomplishments of actual private-public partnerships. Successes and failures are described which can assist cities - large and small - in their struggles to meet the challenges of downtown development through the synergism generated by comprehensive programs.