HENRY S. CHURCHILL
Various organizations, official and unofficial, have been concerned with the question of what to do with war-built housing after the war is over. Their concern lies in two fields, or schools of thought. The "public housers" wish to see salvagable projects turned over in some way to the control of local authorities for use as low-income rental projects. The "private enterprisers" wish to see as much of the housing as is humanly possible removed from the scene as quickly as possible. Both schools unite on the principle that war housing should be disposed of on its social merits, regardless of cost to the government--i.e., it should be regarded as expendable whenever necessary, although whatever return can be obtained through sales or leases not contrary to the local interests should, of course, be taken advantage of.
War housing consists of three classifications: the "defense housing," the so-called demountable types, and the "temporary" war housing.
The first of these, the defense projects constructed under the general supervision of the Defense Housing Division of the Federal Works Agency, are for the most part first rate. Federal Works Agency adopted a policy of raising space standards over those established by USHA, and gave the architects a free hand to work them out within the established cost limits. Architecturally quite