Marc Weiss

Marc A. Weiss, a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C., was special assistant to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1997.

Recent Articles

Urban Mechanics

Comeback Cities: A Blueprint for Urban Neighborhood Revival , by Paul S. Grogan and Tony Proscio. Westview Press, 285 pages, $25.00. In Comeback Cities , Paul S. Grogan and Tony Proscio make the case that ordinary people can "change, create, and make use of market forces to alter the fundamental economics of their neighborhoods." They offer a well told and hopeful story of grass-roots activity breathing new life into cities--even in such blighted areas as New York's South Bronx. Their focus is on the work of community development corporations (CDCs). "With government support, and a minimum of regulations," the authors say, CDCs "are among the most effective vehicles for public investment in the inner city." The authors draw on the success of the national organization Grogan headed for 13 years, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, or LISC. (Grogan is now an executive at Harvard University; Proscio is a former journalist and government official who is a consultant to nonprofit...