HOUSING: Boom or Bust?

For some 18 months, home builders have been held down by WPB's order L41 ; they could build no house that cost more than $8,000. When WPB swept out most of its restrictions at war's end, it also promised to drop L-41, at the end of this month. But last week, the construction industry was shocked to learn that L41 is far from dead. OPA was waging a rear guard action to keep the L41 restriction of $8,000 — or raise it to $12,000, at most — on all new private houses for...

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