CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 27, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's announcement of urban policy plan reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) [CARTER - commits federal government to making cities more attractive places in which to work and live.] Details of plan listed; general favorable reaction from local and state officials noted. [Detroit Mayor Coleman YOUNG - says Carter has challenged Congress, mayors and people to joint effort in meeting cities' needs.] [New Orleans Mayor Moon LANDRIEU - says policy will bring turnabout in cities' future over next several years] [National Urban League director Vernon JORDAN - hoped for declaration of war and Carter plan is scrimmage.] Urban policy complexity compared to that of energy bill.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Studio) Failure of past projects undertaken with promise noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Boston, Massachusetts) Report on promise afforded by Columbia Point project in Boston, built in 1950's and its failure to become what was expected. [Project resident Betty WASHINGTON - says conditions were much better when she came to live here and that wts. and blacks lived together with no problem.] Is noted only poorest blacks remain; problems in drug traffic, crime, unemployment and deterioration of bldgs. noted. [Jennie JONES - says open incinerator sending smoke through building has been going on over 2 years] [Linda DOWDY - says Boston Hsing. doesn't care.] New proposal for renovation of Columbia Point project detailed. [Project day care center teacher Mary CLARKE - discusses question of planned racial and economy integration in project.] [Boston Mayor Kevin WHITE - cites economy conditions that have helped cities.] Building of state university branch and of John F. Kennedy Library near project noted. Residents' cynicism re: plans to renovate project cited. [JONES - has feeling she'll be thrown out.] Survival of some faith in project noted.
REPORTER: Morton Dean
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