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Open Access Thesis

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Political Science

First Advisor

Lewis L. Friedland


This study attempts to examine community group relationships as manifested in the intersection of organized community groups actively involved in, and being themselves affected by urban renewal activities within two Detroit neighborhoods. Basic to this examination is the necessity for understanding the various organizational units making up the community groups commonly found in renewal activities and their functions within such development programs. Background is provided for adequate understanding of such groups by outlining how and under what circumstances community organizations are formed, the effect of their orientation and point of view on inter-group cooperation and the factors that shape community group interaction and give rise to community controversy.

It is recognized that urban renewal programs may utilize a combination of differing approaches involving lay group participation to foster general citizen involvement. Therefore, two methods of renewal treatment, redevelopment and neighborhood conservation, are examined from the standpoint of community group interaction on a specific topic of controversy. Using a comparative analysis approach, the basic purpose of this study is to determine significant differences, uniformities, and patterns of behavior of key group organizations relating to, and interacting on a controversial community issue and their impact on the urban renewal administrative process.