Departmental Papers (SPP)

Black-White Perceptions of Urban Priorities

Thomas J. Pavlak
Mark J. Stern, University of Pennsylvania

Document Type Journal Article

Reprinted from Phylon, Volume 39, Issue 2, 1978, pages 108-117.


This study is concerned with the identification of the urban problems considered to be important by black and white urban residents, and the impact of race, socioeconomic status and location of residence on the assessment of particular problems as priorities. It is generally accepted that we need to know what problems concern urban residents and along what lines they diverge in their rating of priorities. Such inquiry is of great practical as well as theoretical import, given limited public resources and the need for at least a minimum level of public acceptance and support of policymakers' attempts to deal with crucial urban problems. Yet there have been few empirical studies of the public priorities of urban residents.


Date Posted: 18 April 2007