California: Watts with View

Marin City, nestled in a wooded hollow the size of Monaco, sounds like a developer's dream. Only 20 minutes from San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge, the community (pop. 1,600) is bestirred by cool coastal breezes and blessed with one of America's most entrancing views—the shimmering, misty Bay. Yet despite its setting, Marin City is as profoundly troubled a community as Watts or Harlem.

It has long been predominantly Negro. Built in 1942 for workers at a nearby shipyard, Marin City was abandoned at war's end by most of its white population. The Negroes who remained soon found themselves isolated...

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