Jacob A. Riis (18491914). The Battle with the Slum. 1902.
from their path. It is worth the while of Chicago and the other Western cities that are growing with such joyful metropolitan ambitions, to notice that their slums look to-day very much as New Yorks did then. In fifty years how will it be? The offspring of municipal neglect the Assembly Committee of 1857 called our tenement-house system. Forgetfulness of the poor was the way a citizens council put it. It comes to the same thing. Whether seen from the point of view of the citizen, the philanthropist, or the Christian, the slum is the poorest investment a city can make, and once made it is not easily unmade. In a Mississippi river town, when pleading for the turning over to the peoples use of some vacant land on the river-shore that would make a fine breathing space, I was told that