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The “Housing Question” – New York City’s chronic shortage of affordable, quality housing for all, dates to the explosive urbanization and mass immigration of the latter 19th and early 20th centuries, as do the struggles for decent housing, in which tenants’ organizations, as well as the labor movement and the Left, participated.

Key issues were, and remain: the passage and maintenance of rent control legislation; creating a legal and regulatory structure for tenants’ rights vs. landlords (notably building maintenance and services, and protection against harassment and eviction); and the building of both public housing projects and limited equity cooperative housing projects for low and moderate income New Yorkers.

This Flickr collection was adapted from the exhibit on display in the Tamiment Library's reading room during the Spring of 2011 curated by Peter M. Filardo. The electronic edition was designed and adapted for Flickr by Lupita S. O'Brien, Tamiment Library.

We recommend viewing the images as a slide show. View each exhibit case separately or see all the images together in the (combined) Tenants' Rights.

Please note that these images are provided for reference purposes only. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Director of the Tamiment Library / Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York University, 70 Washington Square South, New York, N.Y. 10012.

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