Box 5, Folder 2, Document 33

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Box 5, Folder 2, Document 33

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WHITE COLUMNS ON PEACHTREE
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ATLANTA, GA. 30309
AN EDITORIAL OPINION • .•.••••
January 2, 1969
VIEWPOINT
An official expression of the editorial opinion of
the management of WSB Television.
"Who is my neighbor?"
If you live in Atlanta, here's a modern day answer to
that 2,000 year old question.
These are your neighbors.
Some live in these homes because they are lazy; some
because they don't know any better; but most because there is
simply no other place to live in this city of a million.
For too long, most of us have passed by our slum
neighbors on the other side of the road.
But the good Samaritans are among us today, too.
In 1966, Mayor Allen set a goal - almost 17,000 new
housing units in the next five years. It was a modest goal
actually aimed only at keeping us about even in the fight
against rotten housing.
Since then, Atlanta architect Cecil Alexander has
sacrificed much of his own profit-making time as a non-paid
chairman of the Mayor's Housing Resources Committee. And
Malcolm Jones , a retired Army Colonel, has bee n the full-time
working hea d of the big housing push. At the ·end of the fi rst
two years, the program is amazingly "on schedule".
Except in one important area:
The city is 4,000 units behind in the goal f Jr public
housing.
Behind in the very ~rea where the need is greatest,
where this family must live --in new units that can be rented
or purchased at $30 to $50 per month.
Of all the unit s built o r started si nc e 1966, private
enterprise ha s not bee n a ble to build anyth ing to rent or sell
for less than $60 a month. That is not to say that private
builde rs have not tried. They have done a fine job. But the
high co st of land a nd labor and zoning problems have effective ly
prevented the building of truly low cost housing.
That means t h a t our governme nt, which is another way
o f say ing -you and I , is apparen t ly the only Samaritan who can
change the li fe of a boy like this.











COX BROADCASTING CORPORATION statior>s: WSB AM-FM-TV, Atlanta •
WIO0 AM -FM, Miami

WHIO AM-FM-TV, Dayton •
KTVU, San Francisca-Oakland
WSOC AM-FM-TV, Charlotte

WIIC-TV, Pittsburgh

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