Signs of the Times

The Christian Century

Irving C. Lambert
[©1968 Christian Century Foundation.
Reprinted by permission from
the February 7, 1968, issue of
The Christian Century,Chicago.]

For most of our large citics, decent housing for the citizens of their ghettos ranks high on the priority list. Any new and hopeful approach is by its very nature "big" news. Nevertheless, the newspaper and television coverage that in November [1967] greeted word of a breakthrough in Chicago's attack on slum housing in the deteriorating Lawndale neighborhood was more than "big"— it was phenomenal....

Realizing that an impasse had developed which prevented the housing plans devised by city hall from enlisting moral support among the 200,000 residents of the Lawndale area, firms whose business is carried on at plants or offices in the area entered the picture. They set out to raise $80,000 to hire an architect and city planner in private practice who will consult with a broadly representative committee from the neighborhood before making any plans....

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October 12, 1968

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