Charles Abrams

Sunday, February 20, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

State Rent Administrator Charles Abrams on rent control and related problems.

Gabe Pressman hosts.

Panelists: Lawrence Barrett and Martin Birmingham of Washington Square College and Ursula Mahoney of Hunter College.


Comparison of living conditions in NYC to those in some Asian cities. Federal rent control. Decrease of Puerto Rican immigration. There should be more English training in Puerto Rico and a preference made for citizen workers to immigrant workers. Loopholes in rent control. One- and two-family houses sheltering 10 - 15 people.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71970
Municipal archives id: LT6605


Charles Abrams, Lawrence Barrett, Martin Birmingham, Ursula Mahoney and Gabe Pressman


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