The Administration: Room at the Bottom

"We intend," said President Johnson last week, "to help only those who help themselves." Toward that end, he sent two messages to Congress proposing experimental programs that represent a realistic new approach to the disparate problems of decaying cities and poverty-straitened rural areas.

The promise of increased federal financing is aimed at encouraging local authorities to initiate their own long-range planning, mobilize their own resources and cooperate with their neighbors to remedy their ills. As one Administration official put it: "Human and physical planning cannot really proceed down two lines; they are components of a closely related development process. In these...

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