Pages 48-49: "Own Your Own Home" & the Red Scare
P. 48: "Growing tensions between industrial workers and industrial owners led to social instability and the threat of radical politics."
P. 48: "Anxious government leaders at the federal level sought to discourage a similar communist takeover by promoting home ownership." Evidently renters are not real Americans.
The dramatic jump in homeownership after 1940 was in good part due to federal programs adopted in the 1930s during the depression era.
Page 51: Not in My Back Yard. Recently there has been a rise in YIMBYism (Yes in My Back Yard), advocating for more affordable neighborhoods through the addition of mixed-housing types and public transit.
Corbusier hovers over his model of towers on a superblock.
Corbusier's 1923 drawing of the Functional City: towers in a park, plus highways.
The Functional City comes to Detroit in the 1950s: the Jeffries Towers and the John Lodge Freeway
Corbusier's Plan Voisin for Paris—never built.
Same idea for NYC: Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town—built in the 1940s.
Page 59; "Grand Rapids, Michigan, was one of the first cities to go in for a complete redevelopment of its downtown area..."
Page 59; "...soon the wrecking balls and bulldozers went to work, taking down all the buildings in a forty-acre, twenty-two block area."