“We get rated down by homeowners associations because we have no slums.”
“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..”
“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.”
“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.
“Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium”
“It's the city's new rolling slum. Well, it's not exactly new. It's just bigger.”
“That's why it's always gonna be a slum. Paterson is the bastard child of New Jersey.”
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