Info Action Brief

In order to understand the current housing environment in Detroit, it is important to understand the history of how our current circumstances came about. We’ve gathered together a variety of reports, articles, and publications that can give the conte

General Historical Context

Building the Working City: Designs on Home and Life in Boomtown Detroit, 1914-1932. (A PHD Dissertation)

Michael McCullock (2015)

This dissertation details the construction and infrastructure design of Detroit between 1914-2931. It examines how industrialists promoted modern worker’s housing, shifting the risk of housing construction costs to individual workers by pushing them to seek houses on the open market. The paper also reviews how real estate developers responded, with government support, by building tens of thousands of bungalows and duplexes for sale to workers on credit. Realtors presented homeownership as a source of financial security for workers, yet a realty culture of speculative investment and racial segregation undermined that security from the beginning.

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