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228 Articles Public Housing: From Archaic to Dynamic to Endangered Gordon Cavanaugh It is meet that the latest chapter in public housing, i.e., the widespread transformation of its obsolete projects, is epitomized by the Townhomes on Capitol Hill, the former Ellen Wilson Dwellings, named for President Woodrow Wilson’s first wife. Her advocacy begat the Alley Dwelling Act1 to end workers’ slums. Passed by Congress the day Mrs. Wilson died in 1914, the Act was a precursor for federal involvement to...

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