National Affairs: The Why of the Shortage

What caused the U.S. housing shortage? What, if anything, can cure it? To these questions, which directly or indirectly concern 139,000,000 Americans, FORTUNE devotes its entire April issue, achieving a remarkably concise diagnosis —but a prognosis obscured by the chronic ill health of U.S. housing.

Chief causes of the shortage, FORTUNE concludes, were two wartime phenomena: 1) the marriage boom; 2) migration of war workers from country to city.

Says FORTUNE: "Most of the people now looking for housing are recently married couples who were living in their parents' homes before the war....

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