Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs 2002 (2002) vii-viii
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The Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs is devoted to bringing new research to bear on urban policy issues in an accessible manner. The collaboration between the Wharton School and the Brookings Institution in this endeavor represents an effort to draw on resources and personnel in both academia and the policy community. We hope and expect that the journal itself will be of interest and use to an even wider audience that includes policymakers and their staffs, interested parties in the private sector, journalists, students, and others.
The existence of this journal owes much to the efforts of key people at Brookings and Wharton. At Brookings, former president Michael Armacost, Robert Litan, the director of the Economic Studies Program, and Bruce Katz, the director of the Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, have avidly encouraged and supported all aspects of the project since its inception.
At Wharton, Peter Linneman and Joseph Gyourko, former director and current director, respectively, of the Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center, have supported the journal both intellectually and financially with enthusiasm and energy. The dean's office has made its contribution by freeing some of Janet Rothenberg Pack's time to organize the conference and edit the volume. The Department of Business and Public Policy has in numerous ways encouraged her participation in this endeavor. [End Page vii]
Several people made vital contributions to the publication of this volume and the conference on which it is based. Saundra Honeysett at Brookings organized conference logistics and managed the paper flow with efficiency and good cheer. Amy Liu and Jamaine Tinker provided valuable support at many stages. Gloria Paniagua and Catherine Theohary verified the papers. France Zak provided careful copyediting. The authors and discussants deserve special thanks for making extra efforts to draft their arguments in a clear and accessible manner.