Nation: A Little Bit for Everybody

A new urban policy spreads its benefits thinly

Two years ago Candidate Jimmy Carter promised the nation's mayors that if he became President, they would have "a friend, an ally and a partner in the White House." The pledge delighted the mayors and won him the enthusiastic support of many urban blacks, whose votes provided his margin of victory. This week, after a series of delays and bureaucratic bungles, the President is finally preparing to put his words into action. In a televised address from the White House, he will present his new urban...

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