• Short Summary

    MANY CITIES IN THE WORLD FACE THE PROBLEM OF URBAN SLIGHT AND DECAY. AS RESIDENTS?

  • Description

    MANY CITIES IN THE WORLD FACE THE PROBLEM OF URBAN SLIGHT AND DECAY. AS RESIDENTS MOVE OUT OF THE INNER CITY AREAS TO OUTER SUBURBAN CENTRES, ONCE DIGNIFIED MIDDLE-CLASS NEIGHBOURHOODS DECAY INTO SLUMS, WHERE, ON AMERICA'S EAST COAST, LARGE NUMBERS OF NEGROES AND PUERTO RICANS MOVE IN TO RUB SHOULDERS WITH LOW-INCOME EARNING WHITES.

    THE SO-CALLED "ZONES OF SOCIAL DETERIORATION" DO DETERIORATE. LANDLORDS, IN MANY INSTANCES, DO LITTLE TO MAINTAIN THEIR PROPERTY AND THE AREAS APART FROM EXHIBITING A SHABBY FACADE OFTEN GET A BAND REPUTATION. HOWEVER, AT TRENTON, IN NEW JERSEY, THE MAYOR, ARTHUR J. HOLLAND, HAS JUST BOUGHT A HOUSE IN A POORER PART OF THE CITY WITH THE OBJECT OF REMODELLING IT.

    MAYOR HOLLAND HOPES TO SHOW BY HIS EXAMPLE WHAT CAN BE DONE IF THE OLDER, AND PERHAPS MORE CHARMING PROPERTIES CAN BE RENOVATED. HE ALSO HOPES TO PROVE THAT A MIXED RACIAL AREA NEED NOT BE NECESSARILY EQUATED WITH A "BAD AREA".

    THE HOLLAND FAMILY PAID 7 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THEIR NEW HOME, WHICH BY MIDDLE CLASS STANDARDS IN AMERICA IS A REAL BARGAIN. HOWEVER, THEY'LL HAVE TO SPEND ABOUT 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BRING THE PROPERTY UP TO STANDARD.

    MAYOR HOLLAND'S MOVE HAS ATTRACTED WIDESPREAD ATTENTION THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES, AND IN HIS OWN TOWN, SOME 50 MILES (ABOUT 80 KMS) SOUTH-EAST OF NEW YORK, HAS BROUGHT SOME MIXED CRITICISM. HIS NEW NEIGHBOURS ARE DELIGHTED WITH THE IDEA, BUT HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS THINK IT NOTHING MORE THAN A STUNT.

    COMMENTING ON HIS DECISION, MAYOR HOLLAND SAID THE MOVE MIGHT BE DAMAGING TO HIS OWN POLITICAL CAREER, BUT ADDED THAT NO MATTER WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES HE WAS DETERMINED TO STAY IN THE HOUSE FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA92COB0VSIEZXEDT8TPF6AY4EK
    Media URN:
    VLVA92COB0VSIEZXEDT8TPF6AY4EK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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