City mayors plan D.C. protest march Schmoke, others decry neglect by U.S. officials.

April 09, 1992|By Knight-Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON -- The nation's big-city mayors, saying cities have been ignored too long by Congress, President Bush and presidential candidates, plan to stage a march on Washington next month to call attention to the plight of urban America.

"I never saw such low regard for urban America," says Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn, who was to be here today to announce the May 16 march. "I think the Washington attitude is completely out of touch with working families and the needy."

"They just don't get it," says Mr. Flynn, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. "They ought to put up a sign, 'We're out to lunch,' right out there at the Capitol."

In addition to Mr. Flynn, Baltimore's Mayor Kurt Schmoke and mayors from New York, San Diego, Cleveland, Miami, Covington, Ky., Sarasota, Fla., Cranston, R.I., Charleston, S.C., and York, Pa., are scheduled to lead the march.

The May march is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities, the organization that has led a losing battle over the past decade for more attention to cities.

Mayors complain that more cities are struggling financially to provide even basic public services.

Meanwhile, they say Congress and Mr. Bush have done little to address the problems.

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