Environment: Situation Report: Environment

BLACK Americans pay more than whites for comparable housing, and are four times more likely to live in substandard housing. In black slums, housing density (3,071 units per sq. mi.) is almost double that of middle-class urban areas, and 100 times greater than in suburbs. The density helps spark ghetto fires; in Brooklyn's East New York area, for instance, fire alarms are increasing an average 44% a year. Density also defeats garbage disposal, litters streets with junked cars (1,437 in Detroit's Fifth Precinct in the first five months of 1969). Of all black...

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