Rent Wars and the History of Rent Control in New York

Monday, October 28, 2013

Robert M. Fogelson tells the fascinating but little-known story of the battles between landlords and tenants in New York from 1917 through 1929. His book The Great Rent Wars: New York, 1917-1929traces the tumultuous history of rent control in New York from its inception to its expiration as it unfolded in New York, Albany, and Washington, D.C. Fogelson also explores the heated debates over landlord-tenant law, housing policy, and other issues that are as controversial today as they were a century ago.


Robert M. Fogelson

Comments [2]

Barbara from Rockaway Park, NY

Why are more and more discussions about past history conducted in present tense? I dislike this trend, for various reasons. It really runs the risk of confusing the listener - particularly when the issue being discussed (renting in NYC during the depression) has so much relevance to today. Admittedly I was not thoroughly focused, listening while doing other things, but I found myself confusing things from the past that "are" happening with things that really "are" happening!

Oct. 28 2013 01:01 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Nothing was built during the Great Depression? I thought that was what the WPA did. Maybe not housing, but I thought Mr. Fogelson made it more general than that. Or did he mean nothing was built in NY?

Oct. 28 2013 12:45 PM

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