Cities: Rents & Rats

It is clear by now that the 90th Congress is in no mood to attack the urban crisis. Thus the 90th probably reached its high-water mark last week on aid to the beleaguered cities: the Senate gave President Johnson most of the money he requested for model cities and rent supplements, while the House of Representatives reversed itself to give belated approval to a two-year, $40 million rat-control measure.

The model-cities and rent-supplement bills are, in fact, the heart of the Administration's cities program. Model cities would concentrate money in selected, hard-core...

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