National Affairs: The Habit of Suspicion

When Realtor Charles E. Slusser was mayor of Akron (1944-53), he led a fight to replace city slums with public housing and met with stiff resistance from some of his fellow real-estate men who opposed Government housing as interference with private business. This week Republican Slusser made a speech before the Akron Real Estate Board as Eisenhower Administration spokesman and its Public Housing Commissioner.

Public housing is a useful weapon for correcting "civic disgraces," said ex-Mayor Slusser, harking back to the old controversy: "In this city, I was denied that weapon. I would not have it denied to my successors." Slusser appealed...

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