Cities: Recipe for Riot

It was not a Harlem or a Watts or a Hough, or any of a dozen other big-city slums where rotting tenements and crestfallen store fronts can spell riot on sweltering summer nights. Yet Atlanta's Dixie Hills—600 cheap apartment units built within the last decade—had all of the classic ingredients for violence, and four nights of turmoil last week added Atlanta to the list of cities that have been hit by ghettomania this spring and summer.

The first night's unrest started with a scuffle in front of a Dixie Hills supermarket between a...

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