HOUSING: Slum Clearance

Well aware of the filth, crime and disease spawned in New York City's sprawling slums, Manhattan's square-headed Robert Ferdinand Wagner proposed a bill two years ago seeking to eliminate such surroundings. The embryonic law died in the Senate Education and Labor Committee. Last year Senator Wagner's seasoned measure passed the Senate with little debate but Congress adjourned before the House could consider it.

Fortnight ago, Bob Wagner's veteran slum-clearing measure came to bat for the third time. Backed by such assorted powers as President Roosevelt, the conservative New York Times and the tory...

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