Suburbia: Underground Movement

As everyone will agree, the best place for a utility or telephone line is underground, where it cannot be seen. But many a new subdivision still bristles with overhead wires and poles for the simple reason that going underground costs the developer more money. Last month the Federal Housing Administration decreed that all new residential subdivisions will have to have under ground wiring to qualify for FHA-insured mortgage loans.

The FHA's new posture was partially prompted by Lyndon Johnson's America the Beautiful campaign, but more important, it reflected recent technological developments that had made subterranean wiring economically feasible. In the...

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