A Letter From the Publisher: Sep. 5, 1988

For those who worked on this week's cover package on beggars, the issue is a part of everyday life. In Manhattan panhandlers flood the subways during the morning rush hour and congregate outside the Time & Life Building on the ; Avenue of the Americas. A few blocks west are some of the city's welfare hotels, whose squalor and dangers often drive yet more families onto the streets to beg. "It was once possible to grow up in New York City and hide from its problems," says Staff Writer Nancy Gibbs, who wrote the main story, "but now the poor demand...

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