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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