May 8, 2007

In 1939, the New Deal created an Alley Dwelling Authority and gave it ten years to clear the slums and build public housing to replace them. But in Washington, as elsewhere, the indigent population grew and unemployment increased much faster than the public housing could be built; and so the alley slums remained.

The depression was finally slowing down, but the second world war was just around the corner so these slums remained for many more years.

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