Housing, People, and Cities

Housing, People, and Cities

Housing, People, and Cities

Housing, People, and Cities

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Housing, People, and Cities is the culmination of a five-year investigation of impediments to the improvement of housing and the urban environment. The study, made possible by support from the Ford Foundation, has resulted in this Series in Housing and Community Development.

The eight books in the Series, of which this is the last, and many articles and other publications stemming from them, are part of a two-pronged effort of ACTION, the national council for good cities, to help achieve a superior level of living in urban areas. The eight volumes analyze many facts about the present condition of communities and their housing in the United States and propose ways to overcome the problems and achieve the potentialities that the facts reveal. The other part of ACTION's effort consists of activities which encourage and help communities and their citizens to meet requirements of housing, transportation, and community services in a time of rapid urban growth. Thus research and action are used to reinforce each other.

The Series was designed to deal with important issues in housing and community development. During the past five years its analyses have stimulated many changes in policy and practice. Rehabilitation as a profitable industry was presaged by Residential Rehabilitation: Private Profits and Public Purposes. The recent rise in rental housing construction was anticipated by Rental Housing: Opportunities for Private Investment, which pointed out market potentialities in the field. Virtually everything that has been written about rental housing since its publication has quoted from or drawn upon this book. Government and Housing in Metropolitan Areas has contributed to the wide recognition that metropolitan consolidation would not provide an easy solution to many of the problems of urban America. The arithmetic of . . .

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