The Nation: Let's Go, South Bronx!

How to fight the blight

"A very sobering trip," remarked Jimmy Carter last month after touring several blocks of burned-out buildings, rubble-choked vacant lots and garbage-strewn streets in the South Bronx of New York City. He ordered Aide Jack Watson Jr. to devise a salvage plan for the 3-sq.-mi. area, where about 400,000 people now live (compared with about 530,000 in 1970). Last week Watson got some unsolicited but worthwhile advice from I.D. Robbins, a part-time columnist for the New York Daily News and reform-minded real estate developer.

In a column headlined LET'S GO, SOUTH BRONX! Robbins warned Watson to avoid endless...

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