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Disagreeing sharply with the view that the American city is in a state of crisis—its residential neighborhoods blighted, its streets congested, its economy moribund, its services deficient, and its government ineffective—the authors declare that the American metropolis, of which Boston is an excellent example, is one of the great achievements of all time. Its imperfections, though many, cannot be corrected by ill-considered “crash programs.” What is needed is a balanced assessment of what is right with the city as well as what is wrong with it.