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Working-Class Utopias

A History of Cooperative Housing in New York City

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February 6, 2023
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As World War II ended and Americans turned their attention to problems at home, union leaders and other prominent New Yorkers came to believe that cooperative housing would solve the city’s century-old problem of providing decent housing at a reasonable cost for working-class families. In Working-Class Utopias: A History of Cooperative Housing in New York City, Robert Fogelson, one of the nation’s foremost urban historians, tells the story of this ambitious movement from the construction of the Amalgamated Houses after World War I to the building of Co-op City, the world’s largest housing cooperative, four decades later.

Matthew Lasner, co-editor of Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies That Transformed a City, joins in conversation.


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