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Despite long standing efforts going back to the turn of the century when city planning and other reform movements emerged, the poverty and social problems of distressed urban neighborhoods in United States cities persist. This book looks at the progress that has taken place in many of the country's devastated areas. The book highlights examples of achievements made through community organizations and residents.

Introduction
Introduction
W. DennisKeating

On March 4, 1908, a devastating fire raced through Cleveland's Lakeview Elementary School, killing 174 people—all but 2 of them children. It was one of the worst school disasters in American history. The whole Cleveland community mourned. One account of the aftermath stated that

lavishly dressed women, in expensive clothes and other objects of wealth, consoled women with humble shawls over their heads. Many foreign-born women, wearing well-worn dresses that showed they were on the brink of poverty … cradled and held the rich and well-to-do of the village in their arms, as the entire community's grief spanned all social status. (Cleveland News, March 6, 1908, p. 1)1

The same might have been written about any similar tragedy occurring at the same time in any ...

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