The War on Slums in the Southwest
Public Housing and Slum Clearance in Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico, 1935-1965
Urban Life, Landscape and Policy
Published by: Temple University Press
256 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 20.00 mm
- ISBN: 9781439911167
- Published: March 2016
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.
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 Moratorium on Slum Clearance and Public Housing for Low-Income Citizens
5 The Solution Becomes a Problem: The Decline of the Public Housing 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 Discourse on 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