The Presidency: Arousing Housing

"A nation that is partly ill-housed is not as strong as a nation with adequate homes for every family. A nation with ugly, crime-infested cities and haphazard suburbs does not present the same image to the world as a nation characterized by bright and orderly urban development." So saying, President Kennedy sent Congress a five-year plan to set the nation's housing in order—at a minimum cost guessed at $3 billion. Highlights:

¶A proposal to create a new Cabinet office, the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs. Federal Housing Administrator Robert C. Weaver is in line to head the...

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