CITIES: Pairing the Old and New

The suburbs burgeon while America's central cities decay, and no one has yet devised a solution to the complex of economic, racial and environmental issues involved. Last week a group of Detroit planners unveiled a radical attempt at an answer: a symbiotic linking of the center city with new towns in the suburbs. The plan, which was developed by the Metropolitan Fund of Detroit, a nonprofit research corporation in Southeast Michigan working with a $100,000 appropriation, envisions the pairing off of nine redeveloped inner-city areas with ten undeveloped suburban locations. Though each pair of sites would be geographically separate,...

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