A prejudice against multiple dwellings has existed ever since the first tenement was built. It has increased, becoming more and more unyielding, as the growth of our cities has led us further and further into chaos. Multiple dwelling living space. has seldom been judged objectively as such. The home owner has dreamed of a house as an escape from the squalor of our cities or has considered it a form of security. The apartment, with few exceptions, has never satisfied this need for security because it is rented. It is rarely considered a desirable environment for family life. By far the largest percentage of multiple dwellings, whether vertical apartments or horizontal row houses, were not designed as living space, but as an investment for the landlord. They have been unattractive, have lacked amenities and have forced dull uniformity and anonymity on the occupant.
For this reason discussion of the relative merits of the house as a single individual dwelling as against the merits of the apartment, as part of a multiple dwelling complex, has been handicapped by an essential ignorance of the full possibilities of the latter. Few people can agree as to what constitutes good or reasonable living space without relating it to one or the other, as if either was an absolute standard of measurement.