CITY PEOPLE by Barbara Lamont

CITY PEOPLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Barbara Lament, reporter and woman-in-the-street interviewer for WINS radio and WNEW-TV in New York City, is one of those feisty ladies who can reduce a usually smooth-talking city bureaucrat to a stammering dummy. A resident of Manhattan's funky West Side, she loves the people of New York and hates to see them get screwed by cops, the housing authority, schoolboard officials, welfare administrators and the rest of the paper-pushers whose job it is to make the city habitable. Microphone in hand, she does her people-to-people reports from Brownsville, Harlem, the Lower East Side -- wherever the disinherited cluster. In Brooklyn she empathizes with the plight of housewives whose homes have been razed by the Model Cities Program -- and replaced with a slum or -- with nothing; on the Lower East Side she gets into the midst of the fray in racially edgy School District One and points out loud and clear that whoever is at fault, the kids sure aren't learning to read. Visiting some of the city's foulest Single Room Occupancy Hotels (SROs) she interviews the old people, drug addicts, and welfare mothers whom the city in its benevolence has consigned to live in buildings with no locks on the doors, stopped up toilets and falling ceilings. For those who keep abreast of the news, there's little here they haven't at least vaguely heard about. Lament gives you the personal tales of misfortune and mistreatment that breed the sensational headlines.

Pub Date: April 21st, 1975
Publisher: Macmillan