Charles Abrams

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Charles Abrams (left joins Edith Alexander, Frank Karelson, Jr, Maxine Wood and with actor Canada Lee as The Citywide Citizens Committee of Harlem in 1946. Abrams was with the Natl Housing Authority.

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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