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August 12, 1933

Slums, Large-Scale Housing and Decentralization.

JAMA. 1933;101(7):550. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740320060035

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Abstract

Reports of four committees of President Hoover's Conference on Home Building and Home Ownership are presented in this volume. The Committee on Blighted Areas and Slums discusses the economic, social and health aspects of slums, and their prevalence in America in smaller cities as well as in metropolitan centers. This report is followed by appendixes representing individual opinions supplementing the committee's report. These seem to be more in the nature of amplification and by way of advocating individual recommendations than minority reports. The Committee on Large-Scale Operations for the eradication of slums makes a report in which is discussed the importance of capital in the provision of housing, and the unsound condition of the present social structure, in which adequate housing is, at least in urban centers, a luxury product and is unadapted to improvement. Large-scale operations for slum improvement are held to be essential, and a few are cited,

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