From Tenements to the Taylor Homes

In Search of an Urban Housing Policy in Twentieth-Century America

Edited by John F. Bauman, Roger Biles, Kristin M. Szylvian

Paperback - £24.95

Publication date:

15 August 2000

Length of book:

304 pages


Penn State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780271020136

Authored by prominent scholars, the twelve essays in this volume use the historical perspective to explore American urban housing policy as it unfolded from the late nineteenth through the twentieth centuries. Focusing on the enduring quest of policy makers to restore urban community, the essays examine such topics as the war against the slums, planned suburbs for workers, the rise of government-aided and built housing during the Great Depression, the impact of post–World War II renewal policies, and the retreat from public housing in the Nixon, Carter, and Reagan years.

“This volume brings together a talented group of historians known for their work on the city and its housing. The result is an important book that also is assignable in undergraduate and graduate courses. It should emerge as the standard in the field for many years to come.”

—Mark H. Rose, Florida Atlantic University