CITIES: Why Summer Was Mostly Cool

By last spring, a hot summer seemed inevitable in some of the nation's ghettos. Little had been done to rehabilitate the inner cities since the desperate rioting in the late 1960s; conditions, in fact, had deteriorated in many cities under the impact of the recession. Black unemployment had reached as high as 10% and the figure was considerably higher for teenagers, who are the ones most likely to go on a rampage. Fund cutoffs and cutbacks were the order of the day at nearly every level of government. It was not surprising that...

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