Privately Developed Interracial Housing: An Analysis of Experience

Privately Developed Interracial Housing: An Analysis of Experience

Privately Developed Interracial Housing: An Analysis of Experience

Privately Developed Interracial Housing: An Analysis of Experience

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Although racial segregation is probably nowhere more complete than in the initial occupancy of private housing developments marketed by merchant builders, a few builders have ventured to break the "cake of custom" and open their developments to white and nonwhite alike. This book is a study of the experience of these builders and of their interracial projects.

Nonsegregated housing represents no more than a tiny fraction of the private housing developments built in the United States during recent years, or ever. It is expected, however, that such housing may become a much larger part of the new housing supply in the future. Among the reasons for this expectation are the laws enacted by several states and municipalities against racial discrimination in housing, the shift of federal housing policy from negation to tolerance to verbal encouragement of openoccupancy housing, and the possible entry into the mortgagemoney market of funds from labor unions committed to a policy of nondiscrimination. Underlying these specific factors are the broad changes occurring in minority-group relations and the continuing movement for equal rights and equal opportunity.

Open-occupancy housing is more than a curiosity. It has become a subject of widespread discussion and serious consideration not only by those interested in the advancement of minority groups but also by many commercial builders and housing investors. If the above suppositions about the future should prove . . .

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