Cities: Finite & Soluble

Lyndon Johnson is not Kublai Khan. He cannot simply decree the Great Society. In what is probably the most highly urbanized nation the world has ever known, the foundations of a better life must be laid by and within the very cities that are seemingly faced with an infinitude of utterly insoluble problems. That these problems are both finite and soluble was implicit last week in the diverse yet apposite experiences of four of the greatest cities in the U.S.

Los Angeles, seared by the racial violence that threatens nearly every city, was struggling to define and remedy the wrongs...

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