This is a sort of ""Middletown"" of the interrelationship between big industrial companies and their community reapo. But...

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COMPANY AND COMMUNITY

This is a sort of ""Middletown"" of the interrelationship between big industrial companies and their community reapo. But where the Lynds used Muncie, Indiana, as their guinea pig, without identifying it, Warns Hodges has specifically used Syracuse, New York. He has somewhat cross-indexed his variants by illustrating from other communities, such as Pittsburgh, but the focus is on Syracuse, and on the heads of the big industries there (a wide variety is afforded, in type, size, etc.) who formed a working committee to funnel the problems, the needs, the issues, the challenges of the community. Education, employment, housing, disposal of wastes, sanitation, recreation, etc., etc. could, in this way, be removed from political pressures and handled intelligently, on a wide city planning basis. Here is a national situation met in microcosm, an industrial city seen as attracting new business, holding old business, and working for joint betterment of its citizens- setting a pattern of the how as well as the why, for other like communities. The market may be hard to spot, but this should be brought to the attention of community minded citizens everywhere.

Pub Date: Oct. 29, 1958

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Harper

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1958