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August 3, 1967
Mr. N. A. Hardin
H . H. and N. A . Hardin Company
Post Office Box 390
Forsyth, Georgia
Dear Nat:
Thank you for your letter of Auguat 2nd regarding
Gene Patterson's editorial.
1 certainly appreciate receiving your viewa on the
subject of alwna and disorder•.
With appreciation for yonr interest, I am
Sincerely your•,
Ivan Allen, Jr.
9 94 - 5633
Aug ust 2, 1967
Honora b le Iv an Al l en, Jr.
Mayor , Cit y o f At la nt a
Cit y Ha l I
At la nt a, Georgi a
Dear Ivan:
Eugene Pat t e r s on has r epor t ed your
propose ! for s l um and pover t y rehabi I i t a t i on in
t hi s morn in g' s newspaper. A copy is enclosed
I sugges t tha t your proposal makes a
star t at the real problems, but does not come
anywhere near the bas i c bed-rock.
In this respect, please see copy of my
letter dated July 31st to Senator Russel I enclosed
herew i th.
Can a group be found which wi I I advocate
such measures?
Yours sincerely,
Enc I.
Something New
And Hopeful
Mayor Ivan Allen of Atlanta has handed
Washington the first fresh idea to emerge from
the smoke pall covering Detroit and the other
devastated cities. Most suggestions for repairing the splintering
society of the slums have been old stuff. And the antipoverty programs as presently constituted have not yet succeeded, obviously ,
in generating much community cohesion among the poor .
How. then, can programs grow out of the slums-instead of
being pressed onto them-so the poor can develop a stake in their
community that will hopefully discourage them from burning it
Allen's suggestion was simple, expensive, but promising.
The three great needs of the urban poor are jobs, housing and
education, he reasoned. Supply the first two and education can
follow .
So why not create jobs by building housing?
9' .
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• • •
Set up a three-to-five-year crash program, he said. Recognize
that rebuilding of the slums is of the highest national priority, so
· pour $20 to $30 billion of federal money per year into the job and
get it done .
Tear down the slums of urban America and build back decent
low-cost housing. Everybody-not just the poor-will gain by this
salvage of the cities.
Make it 0 provision of contracts with the builders that a
reasonable percentage of the men they hire must be the slum
dwellers themselves .
Thus provide jobs ( or training, and then jobs) for +he jobless
poor while also providing housing.
Like most @>od ideas, Alle·,·s proposal has the virtue of directness and simplicity. It would work, if there were a national
will to make it work. Certainly the nation wants something done
by now; whether this Congress is bold enough to move decisively
is another question.
• • •
Yet the mayor at least said something riew. And he said it
Monday in Washington, which is a place that needs to hear something new and hopeful. The President's mix of urban programs
meets some needs; but a centerpiece project of such dimension as
Allen proposes should appeal to him.
In the meantime, Atlanta's low-cost housing efforts must go on.
And the Ebenezer Baptist Church, of which the Martin Lother
Kings, father and son, are pastors, has joined the Rev. Sam
Williams' Friendship Baptist and the Rev. William Holmes Borders' Wheat Street Baptist in setting an example that white
churches might note. They formed a non-profit corporation, put up
some seed money, and qualified under the federal 221-d-3 housing
program to contract for the building of $1.8 mlllion worth of decent, low-cost housing on the site of a former slum, utilizing federal mortagage money at half the interest drawn by commercial
loans. To the hundreds of slum poor who will be able to move into
clean rooms at rents beginning at $55, this is Christianity in action.
Ju I y .31 ,
S nator Richard B. Ru a I I
Senate Offlc Bui I ding
W hlngton, O. C.
Deer Dick:
Why Is It lmposslble to get enyon to dlsc:u s the true causes of
riots, clvl I disturbance, dlaorders .and racial problems?
Th actual facts er
long per iod of time.
Theae fecta
v ry s impl e , end hav
been devt1loplng over
Inflation, ceuaed by top polltlcel lead rs of both parties
for ••vo t e get t Ing" purpoaea.
lnflatlon haa been caused by wllllngn••• of top polltlcal
t..eedera to atand Idle wh ll e union• have puahed
ge scales
to unreasonable heights, nd by polltlcal Iner•••• of
minimum wage lev la.
Iner••• d weg•• hav·e forced al I employers to dispense wl th
mo•t unakll led workers.
Unakl lled workera have migrated to reaa especially conditioned
for polltlc:.1 nuralng, end vote control.
Nursing and ldleneaa become unacceptable and Intolerable
for teena and adulta, both black and white, after some
period of time. Different cltlea, or different geographical
areoa , probably have different time perloda of toler nee
I n th I a reapec t •
Harry Hopkins announced this pollcy years ago as, "Spend end
elect, elect and tax, tax end spend".
Effective treetment for these problem• wl II be drastic, but untl I
somethin g effective Is done there wl II only be continued deterlotot Ion on our
notional scene.
The most aenalble end effective treatment would be:
Ellmlnetlon of the 20, per hour Increase In minimum wage
acale, scheduled to become effective February, 1968.
Abaolute refuMI of top polltlcel leaders end ell gov-~nt
agencl•• to sanction wage lncrNaee, both by union• and by
gove'""'*'t•I anploy ....
�SeMfOr Richard
• Ra, . . . , I
July JI, 1161
A freeze, or ••111n9, of th••• pollcln for, or 10 yeara •
Excna Profl ta Tax for 8uala... , Corporate & Peraonel for
thl. p(ff'lod.
,. Location of future houalng project• In rural arNa, wfth
wnl ta apecM to prfv14e gr. .en arNa, and aome spaced~
to provlff working groulld
Raovet of ~
11,led pe
u::a,.,....,,... central cl ty arNa to th... rural arNa.
cs. G,_..I faprov. .nt of educat Ion at all levele, wl th
haal a
on trade: schoO Ia above hI gt\ Khoo I Ieve I • Forget ebou t the
hyaterlc:al epproeu to educatlo, avch •• now exlata 1cm
la In effNt cal""' for • •college _,,.. for everyone•;
. 4.
TIie ell IMtfon of the alnl ... _,. _ , . , lncrNMa, and other
Iner•-, p&41a lmpoaftr• of exc... proflta ,_.. wauld pennlt our ec
to take • b.-..tlllng apel 1, with I ta prl•ry pu,,-. Nl119 to rMUce the
el lmlnat Ion ef
for unakl I IN WDrkera.
There la nothing dlahonorable In being• unaklllN worker.
wtt.n our nat1onel attitude rNChn • COMltlon of hyaterle doH thla haw
authoratl" voice, end• ere naw apparently la that atate. I think It la
ti• labor la recognized for lta worth, both unakllle4 an, akllle~.
It la ~rtelnly -.ich better for an unakllled pereori to be buay et
• prod\lctlv• Job, th• to be l~le, on relief, or rl ting. Make It poaalble
for atployera to provide uriakl I led )'ab•, lnatMd of cr•tlng • cl hate which
fore•• ap Ioyera to e 11 I!'•t• uriak 111 M Jobe.
can an effective group -~• put together, hOpefully out of which
• aat l~•I lnder could _.rge to "pvt the Ml I" on thl a type of a Mt lenal
progr•P la the country too far dcMII the drain for the people to return t•
camion aenNf
I an aeMlng thla ._. letter to Senator Tai
Congreaarnu Stephena.
With b"t wluea, I • ,
Yours al ncerel y,
dge, COngreaaeA Fly11t.
�GRACE T. (MRS. H. C.)
ATLANTA, GA. 30314
i! nf i!ttprt.atutatittt.a
i;llltlit <lt4ttmbtr
June 2, 1967
Hon. Ivan Allen, Jr.
Grace T. Hamilton
I am glad to know about the planned meeting for the
proposed neighborhood improvements in the Nash-Bans Commun~ty .
I expect to attend the meeting on June 6th and am anxious to
help in any way possible on the "temporary committee" looking
toward the community organization of the area .
It occurred to me that there is asplendid opportunity
in this instance to assemble initially a group of citizens who
because of t heir long time relation to the are either through
residence or because of economic and social interests in the
area , together with elected representatives from all levels of
government, to cooperatively consider what is in the best inte rest of the community and the city as a whole .
I am therefore strongly ur ging that all elected repre s entat ive s be invit e d to be a par t of the temporary corrnni t tee a s
well as certain other individuals whose relation to t he area you
may n ot be aware of . I would also hop e that the elected member s
of the citizen s advisory committee for the Nash- EOA ar e a hav e
a l r eady t hought of . For your i n fo r mation I am attachin g t he
en clo s ed lis t which include s such i n dividua ls as I h ave been
able to t h ink of .
Some of the s e names may have a l rea dy be en i nc l uded in
your thinking . The poin t I wish t o make i s that th e initial
mee ting where possib ilities ar e pr es ented for community consideration should include e stab l ished leadership on the basis of
e l e ction whether in governmental positions or in neighborhood
service organizations.
GTH : ph
CC :
Hon. Rodney Cook
Hon. Collier Gladin
Senator Horace Ward
'--..1 Rep. J. C. Daugherty
---.......J Rep. Julian Bond
'-..I Dr. Rufus Clement, Board of Education
• William T. Knight, Board of Aldermen
.___,,. Q. V. Williamson, Board of Aldermen
Dr. P. Q. Yancey, Fulton County Board of Health
581 Simpson Street, NW
(Dr. Yancey is a physician who practices in this
Miles G. Amos, 3rd Ward, Atlanta City Executive Committee
856 Mason Turner Road, NW
(Mr. Amos operates a long established business in the area)
Dr. Wellington Parker, 3rd Ward, Atlanta City Ex ec.Comm.
424 Newport Street
(Dr. Parker also has been established in the area for a
long time . )
E. M. Martin, Ex ecutive Secretary, Atlanta Life Ins. Co .
250 Sunset Avenue, NW
(Mr. Martin is a long time resident of the neighborhood)
A: V. J ett, Chairman of the Board, Gate Ci ty Day Nur s ery
Associat ion, an agency which operates two f acilities
serving the area.
1158 Fountain Drive
R. O. Sutton, officia l with Citizens Trus t Company
1056 We stmore Drive 30314
(Citizens Tr ust will probably be i nvolved in any deve l opmen t i n t he area . )
Dr. John Mi ddle t on, President, Morris Brown College,
largest e ducational institu tion in the area.
Mr s . Louise Hector,
561 Meldrum Street
(Mrs. Hector is a pas t president of t he Atlanta PTA
Council and has been a pillar in all community activity)
PTA Presidents from English Avenue, Bethune, Ware and
Washington Schools
ATLANTA. GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404
April 18, 196 7
R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant
MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison
FRO;-i :
Johnny H. Rcbinson
SUBJ::::CT :
Trash PicktJ.p s , Garb2.gc ~;ickups in Adair Park , Eechan ics 11ille ,
Peoplc s t oi-m , Pi ttsburg an d Tine Ci t y . i,ieek of 10th thru l ht h .
Adair P<.'rk :
l oa ds of trash r emove d ,
2 junk cars r emo ved .
Ne chanic s ,-ille :
S locids of t ra Eh r r,mo ve d .
2 stre et liehts r e~a ire d .
Peopl estC\-m :
8 loads of tr a sh r e~ove d.
Pittsburg :
17 loads of tra sh r emoved .
9 junk car s r emove d.
Sewer r epai·ed o~: Huboard 3 t r e et .
\fine Ci ty:
Approximat e l y 8 l o2ds of tra sh r emoved .
The p as t week t he .fayor I s De partme n t ha s h ad spl e ndi d re su l t s f rom
t he 3anit~ r y Dep2 rtme nt in a ss i sting t he resident s in the cl e 2.n up c a:npa s .
You will get a deta iled r e~:,ort of a+l activitie s on U,e l a s t day of
the month .
April 25, 1967
ATLANTA, GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404
R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant
MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Sec retary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison
Mr. Earl Landers
Dan Sweat
Attached is a copy of a report prepared for Mayor Allen
showing scheduled improvements or activities in four lowincome areas of the city this summer.
Three of these areas are encompassed within the four
target areas we have selected for the proposed pilot project
to coordinate city services. The City Services Coordination
program would include Kirkwood, Edgewood and several
other identifiable neighborhoods adjacent to or near the
areas covered in the attached Mayor's report.
In order that we· proceed w ith planning and programming
of the pilot project, the following recommendations are
Four positions should be created on a temporary
basis for the period June 1 - September 1 to serve
as city services coordinators in the Offi ce of the
Mayor. These coordinators would be on the salary
range of Inspection D e partment area supervisors.
They would be hous ed in EOA n eighborhood service
centers w ithin each targ e t neighborhood. For the
propos ed organizational chart see Attachment A .
�Mr. Landers
Page Two
April 25, 1967
The city services coordinators would be responsible
for identification of city service problem areas within
their target neighborhoods and for communication of
these problems to the proper city department or agency.
They would be familiar with community groups as well
as city departments and the services they offer.
The overall objective would be to identify problems
and take remedial action before these problems
generate unnecessary trouble within the area.
They would be under the coordination of Johnny Robinson
from the Mayor's Office.
Each coordinator should be provided with one clerical
worker. EOA has agreed to provide scime neighborhood
aides to assist in identification of problems and
investigation of complaints. E OA will also provide
space for a maximum of four housing code inspectors
who will also be able to bring to the attention of the city
services coordinators unfavorable conditions which
exist and which should be corrected.
In communicating this proposed project to the department heads, it should be stressed that there is no
intention that the city services coordinators would
direct any department or departmental personnel to
take any action. Once a problem is brought to the
attention of the departme nt it is up to the department
to determine w hether or not such action is justified
and should be taken. In those cases where budgetary
restrictions or legal restrictions prevent action
from being take n, th e city services coordinator will
communicat e message s to the community concerned with
the problem.
I would recommen d approval of this project at the earliest possible
date in order that we might b e able to select very car efully the
�Mr. Landers
Page Three
April 25, 1967
four coordinators for this sumrner's program. Also we would
need time to prepare complaint forms, informational material
and briefing material for the coordinators and their staff
Attachments (2)
Mayor's i°ffice
Director of Governmental Liaison
Community Development Coordinator
City Services Coordinator
(Based at Sum-Mee Center)
City Services Coordinator
(Based at Nash-Washington
. Center)
City Services Coordinator
. (Based at East Central
C e nter)
City Services Coordinator
(Based at Edgewood Center)
Adair Park
Vine City
Bedford Pine
Buttermilk Bottoms
Reynolds Town
Cabbage Town
Grant Park
Peopl e's Town

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