Jacob A. Riis (18491914). The Battle with the Slum. 1902.
have been formed to put up bars against the slum where it roamed unrestrained; the Tenement House Department has been organized and got under way, and the knell of the double-decker and the twenty-five-foot lot has been sounded. Two hundred tenements are going up to-day under the new law, that are in all respects model buildings, as good as the City and Suburban Home Companys houses, though built for revenue only. All over the greater city the libraries are rising which, when Mr. Carnegies munificent plan has been worked out to the full, are to make, with the noble central edifice in Bryant Park, the greatest free library system of any day, with a princely fortune to back it.1 New bridges are spanning our rivers, tunnels are being bored, engineers are blasting a way for the city out of its bonds on crowded Manhattan, devotion and high principle rule once more at the City Hall, Cuba is free, Tammany is out; the boy is coming into his rights; the toughs of Hells Kitchen have taken to farming on the site of Strykers Lane, demolished and gone.
And here upon my table lies a letter from the head-worker of the University Settlement, which the