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Review of 'Scenes from the Life of a City'

Review of 'Scenes from the Life of a City'

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Homberger might have had more fun with his material (though not Restell's suicide), but all in all he does a creditable job. He demonstrates that there have been few long-term victories in the eternal battle for New York City's soul, that greed, poverty, hypocrisy and corruption are always with us. But then there is also the occasional Olmsted, the surprising Smith, the recurrent saviors, offering just enough hope to make the struggle interesting.

Donald Dale Jackson is a writer based in rural Connecticut.

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