There is a Civic Betterment Committee of artists who are bent upon improving the general aspect of the city, laying out parks, gardens in the public squares, and doing away with the billboards and unlovely tenement districts. Passing through one of the worst of these districts, their conversation is overheard by a boy of Italian parentage and his love of the beautiful responds to their criticism of the street in which he lives. Other children of the block are going to a May party and in strict confidence he shows the little May Queen how he would build a city. In the backyard he has sketched a remarkable building upon the fence and laid out the grass in front of it to look like a miniature public square. The boy is taken ill and when his recovery depends upon fresh air, refuses to even sit at the window because he must look out upon the ugly street. This touches the little May Queen, and getting her subjects together in the street below, she proposes to them that they shall do what ...
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