“That's why it's always gonna be a slum. Paterson is the bastard child of New Jersey.”
“If a ragnarök would burn all the slums and gas-works, and shabby garages, and long arc-lit suburbs, it could for me burn all the works of art — and I'd go back to trees..”
“Black is beautiful when it is a slum kid studying to enter college, when it is a man learning new skills for a new job . . .”
Whitney M. Young Jr.
“A city has values as well as slums, excitement as well as conflict a personality that has not yet been obliterated by its highways and gas stations.”
“Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium”
“You see, I was born in the slums, that was before the ghetto. The ghetto was kind of refined; the slums was right there on the ground.”
“Most were Born and bred on the street buh not all of us went down the same road, some went down the path of illumination and others the way of destruction..”
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