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City Planning

While some planners recaptured a reforming spirit, federal programs geared to banking and construction interests received greater support than greenbelt towns or public housing. The 1949 Housing Act, promising “a decent home” for every American, exemplified postwar federal planning that promoted suburbanization at the expense of cities. While federal mortgage insurance and highway construction subsidized suburban growth, public housing remained underfunded, segregated, and concentrated in the inner city.

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