CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 05, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter takes break from United Nations activities to make unscheduled visit to slum in NYC.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Report on Carter's trip to South Bronx. [CARTER - says some bldgs. in area can' t be saved and ought to be torn down to make way for recreational areas or parks, but notes others can be saved.] President is accompanied on tour by New York City Mayor Abraham Beame; city's Democrat mayoral candidate Ed Koch, who gave President letter critical of administration stand on Mid. East, wasn't there. White House aides say Koch not invited because they didn't want tour to become political Later, Carter says he's not angry with Koch. [CARTER - notes Koch expressed in letter some of same concerns he has himself.]
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Studio) Carter visit gives measure of hope to area where hopelessness is rule.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Report on South Bronx, its problems and reaction of residents to Carter visit. [Merchant Hector FRANCO - says it's a good sign.] 1 of 2 stops President makes is at building rehabilitation project being done by residents of building Director of project says he hopes Carter will help spread it ntnwide. [Merchant Ramon RUEDA - feels President will follow up with urban policy plan he's been working on.] [S. Bronx Hsing. spokesperson Louis BAERGA - thinks President only saw parts of slum where money had been put to good use, but didn't see him go to area 4 blocks away, which is bombed out.] Fighting this type of decay is likely to be 1 of Carter's greatest urban challenges.
REPORTER: Steve Young
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