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mean to Boston. John F. Collins, a ruddy faced, handsome man of 46 (page 795), was in his second term as mayor when we talked. "I wanted to be mayor because this city had the chance to remake itself and continue as a great city," he told me. "People had fled Bos ton to raise crab grass and children away from the smog. Industry fled too, leaving Boston populated by the economically disadvantaged. "The business community had set up a committee to preside over the dissolution of the city. They were contemplating something like the bankruptcy of a private firm-just wring it out and let it go." Boston Blueprints Its Future Under Mayor Collins, the entire communi ty began to remake physical Boston. In the process, a new spirit developed. "The mayor acted as a sparkplug," Charles 810 Coolidge told me. "He got our imaginations started. There is a new feeling that things can be done in the community." If the mayor's name is the first you hear in Boston, almost inevitably the second is Ed ward J. Logue, administrator of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. "I did a lot of walking," Mr. Logue told me, "and I saw very soon that a comprehensive plan for the whole city was needed." Such a plan was made and approved by city and Federal officials. "That part was easy," Mr. Logue said. "The rest has been painfully hard." Some people were skeptical. They did not like the look of what had been done several years before. The entire west end of the city -some 2,500 slum dwellings-had been ripped out and the land left vacant until high rise, high-cost apartments slowly rose. Every time Ed Logue spoke of redevelopment, op ponents brought up the west end.