HOUSING: The First Squatters

There were no dreamhouses at Airport Homes. It wasn't even a very fancy veterans' housing project—just a row of barrack-like frame buildings thrown up on vacant lots near Chicago's municipal airport. But the apartments were empty. Veterans who lived near by in their in-laws' homes kept tabs: the houses looked as if they were going to stay empty for quite a while.

As time passed, rumors began. People heard that Negro veterans or ex-soldiers from outside Chicago were going to move in. The neighborhood veterans held a meeting, decided on action. One night last week 60 of them advanced on...

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