Housing Urban America

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Jon Pynoos, Robert Schafer, Chester W. Hartman
AldineTransaction, 1980 - Social Science - 670 pages
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Life, liberty, and the pursuit of housing: an increasingly difficult quest in the contemporary urban United States, where crime, urban blight, and continuing capital decay undercut the advantages of city living. The American dream has moved to the suburbs; the nightmare of our cities prompts new recognition both in the president's cabinet and the college curriculum.

The editors of this book have updated their acclaimed earlier collection, providing new introductory articles; new papers, such as, Discrimination in Housing Prices and Mortgage Lending, A Summary Report of Current Findings from the Experimental Housing Allowance Program, Alternative Mortgage Designs and Their Effectiveness in Eliminating Demand and Supply Effects on Inflation; and a new bibliography of the literature.

Additional chapters focus on differing strategies for improved urban housing and renewal by providing concrete suggestions for distributing existing resources and allocating new funding. The bibliography provides the best single guide to the current literature on housing. Housing Urban America, in this new edition, is an important guide to those students and scholars fascinated by the essential questions of adequate housing: its social costs, and the source of the revenues to provide it.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
POLITICS
17
The Homebuilders Lobby
32
The Rise of Tenant Organizations
51
Alternative Strategies for the Urban Ghetto
90
The Case Against Urban Desegregation
100
The Meaning if any
111
Jewel Bellush and M array Hausknecht
120
Efficiency in the Construction Industry
358
Reducing the Cost of New Construction
397
Federal Income Taxation and Urban Housing
417
The Bias of American Housing Policy
430
A PoliticalEconomic Analysis
448
Public Housing and the Poor
473
Housing Assistance for Low and ModerateIncome Families
497
Using the Lessons of Experience to Allocate Resources in
522

SOCIAL ASPECTS
137
The Effects of Poor Housing
164
ECONOMICS
209
A Competitive Theory of the Housing Market
234
The Determinants of DwellingUnit Condition
245
The Ghetto Makers
280
Discrimination in Housing Prices and Mortgage Lending
294
PRODUCTION
311
Alternative Mortgage Designs and Their Effectiveness
334
The Experience and the Promise
536
Municipal Housing Code Enforcement and LowIncome Tenants
560
How to Understand a SubsidizedHousing Syndication
574
Toward a New Federal Housing Policy
592
Income Strategy and Housing Supply
605
Bibliography
629
Index
667
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About the author (1980)

Robert Schafer practiced law in the Boston law firm of Csaplar and Bok. Previously, he was a professor at Harvard University and a faculty associate at the MIT-Harvard Joint Center for Urban Studies. He has contributed to the Journal of Urban Law, Public Policy, and Journal of the American Institute of Planners.

Chester W. Hartman is director of research at the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, and is the founder and former chair of the Planners Network. He serves/has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Urban Affairs, Housing Policy Debate, and the Journal of Negro Education. His books include There Is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster,Mandate for Change, and The Integration Debate.

Jon Pynoos is the UPS Foundation Professor of Gerontology, Policy, and Planning at the Andrus Gerontology Center of the University of Southern California. His books include Linking Housing and Services for Older Adults and Housing Frail Elders.

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