Departmental Papers (City and Regional Planning)

Document Type

Conference Paper

Date of this Version

October 1999


Presented at Fannie Mae Conference on the Legacy of the 1949 Housing Act, October 1999, 22 pages.


The Housing and Slum Clearance Act of 1949 transformed the planning profession. It had profound effects in six areas: the demand for planners, the exercise of planning techniques, the planners' self-image, the trappings of the profession, professional qualifying standards and the field's ability to adapt to changing circumstances. In the end, the single most important effect of the Act was its confirming in planners the desire to make the environment a better place.



Date Posted: 10 July 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.