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After 75 Years, the New Deal Town of Roosevelt Celebrates its Origins

Friday, September 21, 2012


In the 1930s, a tiny town about 50 miles south of New York City became an epicenter of experimental living. Initially called Jersey Homesteads, now known as Roosevelt, N.J., it was one of 99 communities created by the federal government as part of the New Deal programs. But even as the town celebrates its 75th anniversary this weekend, the question remains: was this model community a success?

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