Box 1, Folder 2, Document 15

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Box 1, Folder 2, Document 15

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January 30, 1967
ATLANTA, GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Arca Code 404
R. EARL LANDERS, Admi nistrative Assistan t
MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison
Mr. William R. Wofford
From: Ivan Allen·, Jr.
Subj e ct: Housing Code Enforc ement - Boulevard
As you r e call, last S eptember the shooting of two Negro youths
by a white man on Boulevard touched off several days of serious
disorders in that area from Forrest Av enue to Ponce de Leon
Although the disorders were proj ected by the shooting incident,
conditions in the area were such that the possibility of such an
explosion occurring had been present f or some time.
The main problems pointe d out by r es idents of the area were
primarily centered around housing conditions including ov er crowdedness, high rents, roaches and rats, and other sanitation
Since the September incident we hav e made some progress toward
better g arb a ge and trash collection, enforcement of health m e asures,
and e limination of major criticisms in the area of traffic safety.
There has also been much planning in the area of providing for
recreational programs.
Howe '('er, the major problem still existing is one which can only
b e s olv e d b y s t r i c t e nforc e m ent of the H ousin g Code. Ther e fore,
Mr. Wofford
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January 30, 1967
I am r e ques ting that your department imme diate ly initiate comprehensive Housing Cod e-.insp e ctions along both sides of Boulevard
fro1n Forr e st Avenue to Ponc e de L eon and that property owners
by r e quired to comply with th e City's codes .
You m ay b e assured of full coop e ration of my· office, the Housing
Authority, EOA and other agenci e s conc erne d with elimination
of unfit housing conditions and relocation of residents into
standard dwellings.
Pl ea se inform me as to how soon you can initiate inspections along
this stre e t and the anticipated l ength of time which will be required
to complete such code enforcement.

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