HOUSING: Facts & Slide Rules

Housing Administrator Wilson Watkins Wyatt, a great hand for optimistic statistics, found some more of them last week. He reported that in August more than 100,000 "dwelling units" had been begun and 62,800 finished. Thus, he added, 708,000 had been started in the year and 350,000 had been completed. Said Expediter Wyatt: "The housing the country needs is definitely on the way."

There was no doubt that the building of houses, apartments, barracks, etc. had come along with fair speed, despite the months of confusion over prices, black markets and materials shortages. But it had not come nearly far enough, or...

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