The Mutual Housing Experiment: New Deal Communities for the Urban Middle Class - Urban Life, Landscape and Policy (Hardback)Kristin M. Szylvian (author)
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Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 294
Weight: 535 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
"Szylvian treats readers to the fruits of her extensive research locating and piecing together the records of many government agencies and individuals...to tell the story of the mutual housing program during and immediately after WWII. The Federal Works Agency created the Mutual Plan, but the WWII housing crisis (the 1940s are an understudied era in housing policy) provided a critical opportunity for reformers committed to cooperative housing. Szylvian traces the origins of the Mutual Plan and then focuses on eight projects in five states.... Primarily, though, the author's intent was to detail policy struggles and widespread lack of political support; mutual housing projects remained an 'experiment' rather than a stepping-stone to a new housing policy. The epilogue provides a look at a few of the communities today and includes statements from the residents themselves, emphasizing the connection between policy and people. Summing Up: Recommended."