A Letter From The Publisher: Mar. 23, 1962

IN the category-making so dear to journalism, the city generally comes under the file marked Problems. The subject suggests TV panels where earnest sociologists talk of urban renewal, of megalopolis, juvenile delinquency, blight, population movement and traffic. The mayors of these vast places seem to spend their time either shaking hands with somebody for the photographers or complaining of their burdens. TIME, a city-made product itself, takes up the subject this week by selecting, but not at random, the mayors of five U.S. cities—New York, Chicago, Boston, Houston and Los Angeles. Its cover story verifies the existence of all the problems...

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