Government and Housing in Metropolitan Areas

With Morton M. Grodzins, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1958.

Turning to Government and Housing in Metropolitan Areas, I found the steadying hand of good, sound economics…. Banfield and Grodzins point out that the two-headed aspect of the housing industry, social and economic, is only the beginning of its Medusa complexities. They discuss the related utilities and facilities-water supply, sewage, schools, health, fire and police protection, etc., and the manner in which these services falter and interact on one another faster than the massing of the people who are responding to the changing national economy. It is easy to believe that this gigantic growth in population is causing governmental hysterics and property dilapidation in the central core cities. But this is less than half of the truth. The outer cities of at least twenty of our greatest metropolitan areas have more dilapidated dwellings and fewer amenities such as running water than do the central cores of those areas. Confusion in matters of jurisdiction and lack of definable standards have resulted in a complete lack of planning or controls of any kind and, in many small suburbs, in substandard conditions from the day of their construction.” — John D. Lange

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