CITIES: A Long, Hot Summer for Detroit

Armed with shotguns, Magnums, carbines and clubs, teams of men sweep the streets, enforcing a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for everyone under 18. Citizens cower behind the barricaded doors of their own homes, listening to the shots and shouts that punctuate the night air. The city is not Beirut or Belfast but Detroit, whose agonies are every bit as real and whose conflicts seem equally impossible to eradicate.

After weeks of gang terrorism that included killings, a near riot, robberies, pillaging and rape, Detroit's black mayor, Coleman Young, belatedly rushed...

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