- Harold Ickes examines a model building, 1935 (Library of Congress)
In 1935, FDR’s Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes chastised housing policy under the Hoover administration. He cited the widespread prevalence of slums in American cities as a clear sign of failure on the part of the federal government to take the housing question seriously. In his typically caustic tone, Ickes remarked:
“…our cities have stood helplessly by while a supine National Government was too busy installing chickens in every pot to inquire whether there was any kitchen in which they might be cooked.”
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