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Author Fairbanks, Robert B. (Robert Bruce), 1950- author

Title The war on slums in the Southwest : public housing and slum clearance in Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico, 1935-1965 / Robert B. Fairbanks
Published Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (x, 242 pages)
Series Urban life, landscape and policy
Urban life, landscape, and policy.
Contents Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Cities in the Southwest or Southwestern Cities?; 2. The Public Housing Movement in the Southwest: Cities Battle the Slums before 1937; 3. Southwestern Cities, Slum Clearance, and the First Permanent Public Housing Program; 4. From World War II to the Housing Act of 1949: A Moratoriumon Slum Clearance and Public Housing for Low-Income Citizens; 5. The Solution Becomes a Problem: The Decline of the PublicHousing Movement after the Housing Act of 1949; 6. From Urban Redevelopment to Urban Renewal in the Southwest
Epilogue: Our War on Poverty, Not Yours on Slums; Appendix A: Social Scientists and the Changing Discourseon Slums and Poverty: A Brief Note; Appendix B: Public Housing Built in San Antonio, Houston, Phoenix, and Dallas, 1935-1965; Appendix C: Occupation of Initial Tenants of Cuney Homes Public Housing in Houston; Appendix D: Total Number of Public Housing Units Built by Selected Cities by 1967; Notes; Index
Summary "In The War on Slums in the Southwest, Robert Fairbanks provides compelling and probing case studies of economic problems and public housing plights in Albuquerque, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and San Antonio. He provides brief histories of each city--all of which expanded dynamically between 1935 and 1965--and how they responded to slums under the Housing Acts of 1937, 1949, and 1954. Despite being a region where conservative politics has ruled, these Southwestern cities often handled population growth, urban planning, and economic development in ways that closely followed the national account of efforts to eliminate slums and provide public housing for the needy. The War on Slums in the Southwest therefore corrects some misconceptions about the role of slum clearance and public housing in this region as Fairbanks integrates urban policy into the larger understanding of federal and state-based housing policies. "-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Housing policy -- Arizona.
Housing policy -- New Mexico.
Housing policy -- Texas.
Public housing -- Arizona.
Public housing -- New Mexico.
Public housing -- Texas.
Slums -- Arizona.
Slums -- New Mexico.
Slums -- Texas.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1439911177 (electronic bk.)
9781439911174 (electronic bk.)
(hardback ; alk. paper)
(hardback ; alk. paper)