A Letter From The Publisher: Sep. 2, 1966

ONE of the most important and elusive stories of modern times is the growth and development—in both positive and negative terms—of great cities. Important, because more and more people live in cities (seven out of every ten in the U.S. do), and most of the advances and retreats of society are made within city limits. Elusive, because the story cannot really be told hour by hour or day by day. Even more than most stories, it demands survey, examination, study, analysis, summing up.

It is a story that TIME covers in detail and in broad gauge week after week, as in "The...

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