Box 5, Folder 9, Document 8

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Box 5, Folder 9, Document 8

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WHITE COLUMNS ON PEACHTREE
CHANNEL 2, 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 rotte n 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 been the full-time
working head of the big housing pus h. At the · e nd of the first
two years, the program is amazingly "on schedule".
Except in one important area:
The city is 4,000 units behind in the goal
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housing.
Behind in the very area where the need is greatest,
where this family must live --in new units that can be rented
or purchase d at $30 to $50 per month.
Of all the units built or started since 19 66, private
enterprise has not b~en able to build anything to re nt o r sell
for l ess than $60 a month. That i s not to s a y tha t priv a t e
builders have not tried. They have done a fine job. But the
high co st of l and and labor and zoning problems have effectively
prevented the building of tr~ly low co st housing.
That me ans that our gove rnme nt , which is anothe r way
of say ing -you a nd I , i s appare ntly the only Samaritan who can
change the life of a boy like this.











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WIOD AM-FM, Miami
WHIO AM-FM-TV, Dayton •
WSOC AM-FM-TV, Charlotte
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