Races: Death in Desire

The streetcar no longer runs on Desire Street, but New Orleans does have a housing project there named Desire. It is torn by frustrations and passions as brutal as anything in Tennessee Williams' play. It is also as dirty, crime-ridden and crowded as any black ghetto in the North. Of its 10,500 residents, 61% belong to families that earn less than $3,000 a year. Alarmed by the report of one of his black appointees, who described the area as "potentially explosive," Mayor Moon Landrieu was scheduled to make a tour of it last...

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