CAREERS IN URBAN AFFAIRS: Six Young People Talk About Their Professions in the Inner City by Bernard Asbell

CAREERS IN URBAN AFFAIRS: Six Young People Talk About Their Professions in the Inner City

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Six ""young"" professionals (two are pushing 37) talk straight from the hip and heart about their specific experiences working within the system for urban change, and the reader is instructed to search his own feelings and ask: ""Could this be me?"" Lela Chiavaras, a school social worker in New Haven, takes kids out for sodas, tries to get to know the families, and gives out her home number for weekend crises. 'Brian Opert, a community organizer in Baltimore, is trying to stop the poisoning of children by lead paint. ""When I can't eat, sleep, and breathe my job, I'm very unhappy."" (Could this be me?) Boston social planner Richard Scobie consults, teaches, and pursues his Ph.D., while John L. McGuerty directs planning for the City of New Haven and John Mack plans any old city through a private consulting firm. Last and most rambunctious, cigar-smoking Barney Frank wheels and deals as executive assistant to Boston Mayor Kevin White. A prompting voice asks everybody the right questions and doesn't hesitate to inquire about salaries. The second in a youth-oriented Career-Maker series, this is readable and reasonable.

Pub Date: May 25th, 1970
Publisher: Wyden--dist. by McKay