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Can slum-dwellers reform their ways?

We mine the Free Press archives for advice that still applies today (...or doesn’t)

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This article was published 12/10/2017 (312 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

From Successful Living with Doris Clark, published June 19, 1961

Dear Doris: Is it true that people who are brought up in slums will never be any different?

I know a man who is a landlord in a run-down part of town. He objects to making improvements on his property, saying the tenants won’t appreciate anything he does and it will only get dirty and dilapidated right away again, anyway. –Doubting Don

Dear Doubting Don: You are right to doubt it. Outstanding efforts in cleaning up slums have shown the exact opposite.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 12/10/2017 (312 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

From Successful Living with Doris Clark, published June 19, 1961

Dear Doris: Is it true that people who are brought up in slums will never be any different?

I know a man who is a landlord in a run-down part of town. He objects to making improvements on his property, saying the tenants won’t appreciate anything he does and it will only get dirty and dilapidated right away again, anyway.  –Doubting Don

"Let Canadian Pacific take you abroad, and you'll enjoy your holiday even more from start to finish," encourages this advertisement from the June 19, 1961 Winnipeg Free Press.</p>

"Let Canadian Pacific take you abroad, and you'll enjoy your holiday even more from start to finish," encourages this advertisement from the June 19, 1961 Winnipeg Free Press.

Dear Doubting Don: You are right to doubt it. Outstanding efforts in cleaning up slums have shown the exact opposite.

In Toronto the Regent Park project is a case in point. Here rickety old shacks were torn down and replaced with modern, one-family dwellings. Provision was made for parks and children’s play space.

Then the same families who had lived in the shacks were moved into the homes which now occupied the space. Rents were set according to obligations and salary level of the breadwinners.

The tenants showed their appreciation and their new self-respect by the way they took care of their premises.  Homes were cleaner, children bathed regularly where plumbing was more adequate, health improved.

Morale of the families increased tremendously and permanently.

Confidential to O.B.: His sister’s hold on him may be for life. Your best hope is that in the distant city, and in view of her husband’s objections, she may gradually make fewer demands upon him.

If, after years of friendship, you are seeing no signs of a more mature self-reliance on his part, a showdown is indicated. He is wasting your time. 

We mine the Free Press archives for advice that still applies today (...or doesn’t)</p>

We mine the Free Press archives for advice that still applies today (...or doesn’t)

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