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Urban Castles: Tenement Housing and Landlord Activism in New York City, 1890-1943

(Columbia History of Urban Life)

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In the first comprehensive investigation of the role of landlords in shaping the urban landscapes of today, Jared Day explores the unique case of New York City from the close of the nineteenth century through the World War II era. During this period, tenement landlords were responsible for designing and shaping America's urban landscapes, building housing for the city's ev ...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published August 1999 by Columbia University Press
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A great work on the incipient organization of both tenants and the real estate industry in New York in the early 20th century. The book focuses on the two great periods of renter unrest in the city, 1904 and 1919, and shows that the increasing number of middle class renters allowed the often Socialist-dominated "rent strikers" to find a sympathetic audience and prevail politically while changing everything from landlord liability laws (where before caveat emptor had governed all tenants) to requ ...more
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