HOUSING: Where's the Ceiling?

U.S. home construction, on starvation corner for the past three years, became the first industry to get a full-ripe postwar plum. From the War Production Board came the announcement: as of Oct. 15, order L-41, limiting construction of new houses to an $8,000 outlay, will be completely withdrawn (TIME, Sept. 10). Thus builders got the go-ahead for their biggest boom yet, almost entirely free of Government control.

No one denied that construction should be signaled off to as fast a start as possible. The estimated minimum U.S. need is 12.5 million new...

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