A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 24, 1981

Journalist H.L. Mencken once wrote that his native Baltimore looked "like the ruins of a once-great medieval city." To the TIME staffers who worked on this weeks cover story about Developer James Rouse and Baltimore's urban renaissance, Survival City (as it is sometimes called) had clearly come a long way since Mencken's day. New York Bureau Chief Peter Stoler, who made frequent trips to Baltimore's Johns Hopkins School of Medicine from 1970 to 1975 as TIME's Medicine writer, returned last week to meet with Rouse Co. officials and spend an evening with Rouse at his home in Columbia,...

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