The Public Interest

The post-shelter society

George Sternlieb & James W. Hughes

Fall 1979

A milestone passed virtually unnoticed at the end of 1976. In the first six years of the decade of the 1970’s, the nations housing inventory secured a net addition of approximately 11.5 million units, a level of increase surpassing that of any full intercensal decade in the nations history. Subsequently, in 1977 and 1978, over 4 million additional private-housing starts were initiated-including near-record annual totals of single-family units-thus ensuring the destiny of the 1970’s as the most prolific housing decade ever.

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