Housing: From Blight to Light

The nation is in agreement that its slums must be eliminated, but most solutions to the problem have been be clouded by a deep philosophical and economic schism between the adherents of private redevelopment and those who advocate publicly financed urban renewal. Last week Illinois Freshman Senator Chuck Percy introduced a housing bill that would combine both approaches and, in addition, give the slum dweller a stake in his own environment.

Percy's plan—a major plank in his 1966 Senate campaign—calls for the establishment by the Federal Government of a nationwide, nonprofit, private...

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