Immigrants and the American City
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New York: New York University Press, 1993. ix, , 372 pages. Foreword by Richard C. Leone. Tables. Notes. Index. Related ephemera laid in. Name in ink on fep. Very slightly cocked. This is a Twentieth Century Fund Book. Dr. Muller was a longtime consultant for the local, state and federal governments and co-director of the land use center at the Urban Institute. He moved to the United States after World War II and graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1956. He received a master's degree in operations research from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., in 1961, an MBA from UCLA in 1962 and a doctorate in managerial economics from American University in 1969. A resident of Northern Virginia for more than 40 years, Dr. Muller headed urban research projects for the Systems Development Corp. in Santa Monica, Calif., and then in Falls Church before going to work for the Urban Institute. He also taught part time at American, George Washington and George Mason universities and lectured at Cambridge University. Surveying the political and economic history of American immigration, Muller compellingly argues that the clamor at America's gate should be a cause of pride, not anxiety; a sign of vigor, not an omen of decline. Illustrating that recent waves of immigration have facilitated urban renewal, Muller emphasizes the many ways in which aliens have lessened our cities' social problems rather than contributing to them. To assess perceived and actual costs of absorbing the new immigrants, Muller examines their impact on city income, housing, minority jobs, public services, and wages. But Muller argues that noneconomic concerns (such as recent attempts to formalize English as the country's official language) frequently mirror deeply-rooted fears that could explain the cyclical pattern of American attitudes toward immigrants over the last three centuries. The nation, he contends, may again be turning inward, initiating a period of growing hostility toward the foreign-born. Nonetheless, higher entry levels for skilled immigrants would improve the technological standing of the U.S., increase the standard of living for the middle class, and facilitate the resurgence of our inner cities. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Very good.