Box 5, Folder 2, Document 30

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Box 5, Folder 2, Document 30

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"Coi'ers Dixie Like the Dew"
Since 1883
Jack Tal'ver, President
· Low-Cost Housing Gap
THE HOUSING Resources Committee heard
Thursday that Mayor Ivan Allen's fiveyear, lo,v-cost housing goal of 16,800 replacement units by 1971 was . sure of being met.
This is encouraging.
· But the goal, unfortunately, falls far below the mammoth commitment needed if city
leaders are determined to wipe out the terrible slum conditions that breed violence and
volatile r esentment.
Noting this, the HRC voted unanimously
. at its second annual meeting to endorse and
push for approval of the zoning "package
plan" designed to pave the way for low-cost
. housing throughout all sections of the city .
. simultaneously.
Is this too much to expect?
The answer apparently has been yesjudging by the silent. reception the plan h_as
received from the aldermanic Planning a nd ·
Development Committee and the Zoning Committee since it was r eceived for study last
Both committees were to seek information
from the Planning Department. Now, more
than four months later , Planning Department
Director Collier Gladin has reported no substantial progress has been made to implement
the package plan.
HRC Cha irman Cecil Alexander put the
· need for the package plan in proper perspec- ·
tive last August. "It's like this, " he told the
a ldermen, "either we house the poor or we
have within our m idst, if not in this · generation, then certa inly in the next, an alienated
people r eady to grasp by force what -we would
not provide when there ·was yet time."
The true indication of the meager success
in providing adequate low-cost housing units
so far in Atlanta comes from a statement
r eleased by the Atlanta Housing Authority
Wednesday. For the first time in Atlanta
urban renewal history, sajd the AHA, housing
construction in 1968 exceeded the number of
units demolished.
In other words, Atlanta has virtually been
standing still, if not going backwards , in at- iacking its low-cost problem in recent years.
Therefore, it is not surprising to count the
number of r esponsible community organizations suppor ting the package plan. They
include the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce,
the Comm unity Council of the Atla nta Area
Inc., Central Atlanta P rogress Inc., the Women's Chamber of Commerce, the League of
Jack Spalding, Editor
DECEMBER 14, 1968
Women Voters, the Christian Council of, Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc., and the 1fotropolitan
Atlanta Conference on Housing.
It is time that the conscience of the community be heard.

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