Newark: Progress--& Poison

With the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the U.S., unemployment double the nation's average, and several square miles of scabrous ghetto housing, Negroes in Newark brought their own endemic rage to last July's six-day riot that killed 26 and left the city's Central Ward a shambles. No single grievance enraged the ghetto more than the issue of the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, which was scheduled to build a campus in the core of the slum.

The $96 million college, to be built with state and federal funds, would, of course, have brought jobs to Newark's...

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