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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 4, April 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date April 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript HS24&1 vM-, headed Yankee common our precious heritage, coat of paint. They had to be brought up to the new standards found in the new houses we were putting up all over the country. If they were not, no matter how much new building in the country we put up, we would have, instead of a net gain in housing, a net loss of decent dwelling places. As I just remarked, a lot of people were thinking about the problem. All of them wanted to do something about it, too, and some of us got together, in various parts of the country, and worked out plans. But there was no central dynamo to provide the power on a national scale. One day just under a year ago, Bill Ulman, of the Housing Agency, and I were mulling over the situation in my office in Los Angeles. We agreed that it might do a lot of good if we could set up a national home-improvement week. Some time later, in Denver, Al Cole, Bill Ulman, Axel Nielsen, and I developed the idea further. Why not have a home-improvement month? Why not have a home-improvement .-'n I ;^i,*rn\ of ns have quarreled with him. But v» 1955 _ mse that is demanding never less of ourselves thai! the very best that is in us, requiring inflexible standards of material and workmanship, we will make it an enduring structure. The supervising architect is well known to all of us. And he is favorably known to all of us. We have not always agreed with his decisions. Some of us have argued with him. A few- all trust him. And all of us know K our hearts that we couldn't find a ter man for the job hve estin "lerce of Pie, . ....... .... ...~ ,.,.,. r.^} rece He isn't a builder by profession. i> Which I v is not a dealer in real estate. He is m a mortgage lender. He is not a inaiu1 facturer or supplier of building mat| rials. He came up the hard way through Congress. I present to you my very gn0 friend, the Administrator of the HoUj ing and Home Finance Agency, ' Cole, of Kansas. "A Really Fresh Approach" Address by Albert M. Cole, Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency year.'' That was the real start. We would line up the National Association of Home Builders, with its "new face for America" campaign. We would line up the National Association of Real Estate Boards and pick up its "build America better" project. And we would use that fine organization. Action — the American Council t,< Improve Our Neighborhoods. We could call together the producers, the retailers, and the lenders into one mighty effort to rescue the living wealth of America — our homes. The United States Chamber of Commerce offered to sponsor the whole program - and within three months of that first exploratory talk in Los Angeles, Operation Home Improvement was born. UNITY OF ACTION The important thing, perhaps the most important, is that everybody we talked to recognized the need for unity of action. All the diverse organi- pations supporting Home Improvement Year are working together. There are no rivalries, no jealousies, no conflicts. We have a perfect partnership. An indispensable member of this partnership of the forces of private enterprise is the federal government. I think of this member as the cement that gives solidarity and strength to the structure we are erecting together. And it must be an enduring structure. Working always as a team, combining our idealism with the hard- Page 30 The moment at hand, January Hi, 1956, was chosen many months ago its the time to start a great national crusade to raise the level of living in all parts of our country. The means by which we will achieve that end is improvement of the fundamental element of living, the homes ot America. This is a joint enterprise. Millions of individuals will take part in it. Thousands of communities will participate. Civic organizations and many special groups, such as the ones sponsoring this meeting, will contribute then- energies. Major areas of private industry, including all media of communications, will marshal their powerful forces. The federal government will aid in every possible way. When the present administration took office, not quite three years ago. President Eisenhower and his team were keenly aware of the need for more and better housing for all the people of the nation. But on this occasion 1 want to discuss, not slums, not blighted areas in danger of becoming slums, not even those urban sections that touch such areas. I want to talk about all older areas — those in which houses 10, 20, 30 years and older predominate — in all the towns and cities of the United States. It is in the older areas, many of verv high quality, that more than half of the nation's people live today. The total property investment — though not precisely measurable — is considerably in excess of $200 billion. And we have not been protecting that investment. We have been letting a vast national asset - dwelling place of half the American people — depreciate at a rate no factory or mercantile A" establishment would tolerate business leaders have been partly bujjj fault. They thought only in "somebody else's property. with others, thev failed to see that", was the nation's property, the natifl economy — and thus the depreciaf directly affected us all. The capital value of our prnpefj'' litis not been keeping pace with n"! capital values. More important dividends have been falling off — "|J I mean not only municipal tax nl 1 s but dividends in efficiency, cC\ divide! fort, and satisfaction. The in livability have not kept up with dividends from other sources. *] nat/A tl...a- li.xriMi ti. L-f»*»n ml V* , ., These *«, des, fes'dentia 5? about , ^ limit £?ssible t. * Per ce *>JI>in prt , ' also w te«ce inm I This is |*>hidus ol a tin,e onstrueti, *> Cl0s' Mansion. A SPEC P}k is i -ers. I fecial #VS> ar C tra<1 C"1 for h > nor *S*i by lighu0 not *?!%. nor Pawner K horr* i ^Wing - sun gggareat i\o <0vv >oh. we have they begun to keep up £J American standards of livability vv'y the restless genius ol American '"', builders is constantly elevating to f heights. Countless thousands of ' dwellings not onlv- kick the utility! livability made possible In pew technical developments, but arc >j.. ited to facilities popular between J* Jf r',"ck,'K and 1935. „ %/>« Today the building and allied i"°l tries — with the continued cooper*! of the government — are abo"L ^tionaj undertake an enterprise of tremens, \n j. ant scope and of a social import that K J»So . '" ( not yet be measured. These iiultis',[ reaJe ar are not onlv going to construct l"| Hler ,/]u% ablv 1300 thousand new home*, t • 1956. but thev aro ooiiirr to iinP'T'is i, f''< t ifi, but they are going to imp'^ *k ((,"' v substantially ten million or "'.< Nl '\resP of <t-V,f <<','sl itionaT<fnh» very existing dwellings at nine billion dollars 2fhom< 'is >. Ilion or more homes will i'1'1'J^H" maintenance and repairs in exo (.*• will be about thret 25 per cent more than v Facts Foiu-m Nl ws, as* 1 biiiion doiia^i ;>i,; :1 lotion "f lax spf April, }J^ts ,,, H,st'""»<l-« k "% 'i'B Si %K of well feWhc Nil ' ess ition Pracl «*al or 8 £ lend! ** idert ORU.V
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