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PETER ROBERTSON Fourth Ward residents at a Freedmen’s Town Association celebration ORGANIZATIONS LESBIAN/GAY DEMOCRATS of Texas Our Voice in the Party. Membership $15, P.O. Box 190933, Dallas, 75219. TEXAS TENANTS’ UNION. Membership $18/year, $10/six months, $30 or more/ sponsor. Receive handbook on tenants’ rights, newsletter, and more. 5405 East Grand, Dallas, TX 75223. CATHOLICS for a Free Choice DFW Metroplex. Information: 3527 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 156, Dallas, TX 75219. JOIN AN ACTIVIST, issues oriented Democratic women’s group in the Houston-Ft. Bend area TEXAS DEMOCRATIC WOMEN -\( SICK OF KILLING? Join the Amnesty Interna tional Campaign Against the Death Penalty. CLASSIFIED RATES: Minimum ten words. One time, 50 cents per word; three times, 45 cents per word; six times, 40 cents per word; 12 times, 35 cents per word; 25 times, 30 cents per word. Telephone and box numbers count as two words; abbreviations and zip codes as one. Payment must accompany order for all classified ads. Deadline is three weeks before cover date. Address orders and inquiries to Advertising Director, The Texas Observer, 307 WORK FOR OPEN, responsible government in Texas. Join Common Cause/Texas, 316 West 2374. SERVICES PHOTOGRAPHY Reality is us. 20 years for the Texas Observer and he will take a few for you. Alan Pogue, 1701 Guadalupe, Austin, PUBLICATIONS HOME STUDY COURSE in economics, a 10lesson study that will throw light on today’s baffling problems. Tuition free small charge for materials. Write: Henry George Institute, 121 E. 30th St., New York, NY 10016. SUCCESS OVER STRESS! Here’s how. Free information: JMH, P.O. Box 622, Crowley, Texas 76036. BOOKLETS PROOF JESUS FICTIONAL! $5 Abelard, Box 5652-C, Kent, WA 98064 \(Details: EMPLOYMENT POSTAL JOBS Start $11.41 /hr. For exam 6649, ext. TX-165 8 a.m. 8 p.m. 7 days. MARY NELL MATHIS, CPA, 18 years experience in tax, litigation support, and other analyses. 400 West 15th, #304, Austin, 78701, YELLOW DREAM MACHINE, computer bulleDisability-based subject matter. BOOKS TEXANA, Western Americana, write or visit CYPRESS BOOK CO., 305 W. Lafayette, Jefferson, Texas 75657. Call Milton Jordan Washington, “nobody demonstrated any concern for public housing until rich folks wanted that land. Now everybody’s concerned.” Washington angrily lashed out at a woman who told him that “on the day you and Mayor Whitmire drive those bulldozers onto the grounds at Allen Parkway Village, Mickey Leland will be standing As Allen Parkway Village goes, so goes the Fourth Ward. there with us in your path.” After her statement, “Pass the Torch to Craig” Washington admonished her for quoting “a man whose lips are sealed in death.” Martha Whiting pointed out that although the media coverage and publicity for the hearing said the topic would be APV, the signs in the foyer said “Fourth Ward Hearing.” “What we are really talking about,” said Whiting, “is Fourth Ward.” She repeated a phrase that has become a cliche, used by everyone from Mickey Leland to the Houston Post to Lenwood Johnson the one truth on which all parties agree: “As Allen Parkway Village goes, so goes the Fourth Ward.” Whiting is correct. Ultimately, poor people must live somewhere, and the area where their grandparents hand-laid brick streets after the city refused to pave the roads seems an appropriate spot. They like the Fourth Ward for the same reason rich people want their residences there: It’s close to downtown, and until the city and county began shutting them down in the last five years, many city services dotted the area. Boosters argue that “redevelopment is inevitable” because of the “blight” in the area. Maybe so. But then the question becomes, “development by whom and for whom?” If redevelopment really is inevitable, shouldn’t it be by and for the people of the Fourth Ward? l Editors’Note: The Observer contacted Congressman Craig Washington’ s office several times for comment on this story, and faxed him a list of questions. At press time he had not yet responded. Also, HACH Executive Director Joy Fitzgerald returned our phone calls after deadline; as a result, only limited forms of her comments made it into this article. CLASSIFIED 14 JULY 12, 1991