HOUSING: Calling All Carpenters

It was a bad year to build houses. Inflationary clouds filled the sky; an old growth of building restrictions lay matted like vines all across the nation. There were shortages of skilled labor and materials. But thousands of veterans were roaming the streets looking for a place—any place —to live.

Quiet, jug-eared Housing Expediter Wilson Wyatt surveyed the dismal prospects and the crying need. Then, in a breathtaking announcement that sounded like the start of the greatest domestic crusade since NRA, he asked the nation to build more houses in the next 22 months than it had put up in the...

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