Nation: THE CITY: HOPE FOR THE SUMMER

The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin warned in 1963, and history seemed bent on rewriting the admonition to "a bigger fire next summer." Since Harlem ignited in 1964 and Watts a year later, blacks and whites have shared a fear of each approaching riot season. Can this year be different? Cautiously, with an almost superstitious anxiety that expressions of hope may tempt fate, black and white leaders across the nation look for a better summer.

A survey by TIME correspondents in 28 cities found that the all-too- routine apprehensions are now mixed with a sense of...

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