Category: Washington Sanitary Housing Company

The first housing commissioner: Part 10, “And hoped she would be able to stay”

22 December, 2016 (09:00) | Affordability, Ellen Axson Wilson, Eminent domain, George M. Sternberg, Housing, MEEs, mission entrepreneurial entities, Slums, Theodore Roosevelt, Urban renewal, Urbanization, Washington Sanitary Housing Company, Woodrow Wilson |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9.]   With the enactment of the Alley Dwelling Act of 1918, the Federal government, at the urging of General Sternberg and benefiting from the proof-of-concept rental […]

The first housing commissioner: Part 9, “Dwellings injurious to public health, safety, morals, and welfare”

21 December, 2016 (09:00) | Affordability, Ellen Axson Wilson, Eminent domain, George M. Sternberg, Housing, MEEs, mission entrepreneurial entities, Slums, Theodore Roosevelt, Urban renewal, Urbanization, Washington Sanitary Housing Company, Woodrow Wilson |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.]   As the preceding parts have established, the Washington Sanitary Housing Company was the first of its kind: a double-bottom-line housing development company (and subsequent affordable landlord) that operated […]

The first housing commissioner: Part 8, “Philanthropic in character and of much benefit to the public”

20 December, 2016 (09:00) | Affordability, Ellen Axson Wilson, Eminent domain, George M. Sternberg, MEEs, mission entrepreneurial entities, Slums, Theodore Roosevelt, Urban renewal, Urbanization, Washington Sanitary Housing Company, Woodrow Wilson |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.]   Having supplanted the Washington Sanitary Improvement Company with the Washington Sanitary Housing Company, General Sternberg and his reformer colleagues set about the essential business of raising capital.  Here they […]

The first housing commissioner: Part 7, “Unlawful to declare any greater dividend”

19 December, 2016 (09:20) | Affordability, Ellen Axson Wilson, Eminent domain, George M. Sternberg, Housing, MEEs, mission entrepreneurial entities, Slums, Theodore Roosevelt, Urban renewal, Urbanization, Washington Sanitary Housing Company, Woodrow Wilson |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   As we saw in the previous part, for Army Surgeon General George M. Sternberg and his strategic campaign to conquer ambient disease in the nation’s capital, one thing kept leading to another.  […]

The first housing commissioner: Part 6, “Better the lives of the industrial classes”

16 December, 2016 (09:00) | Affordability, Ellen Axson Wilson, Eminent domain, George M. Sternberg, Housing, MEEs, mission entrepreneurial entities, Slums, Theodore Roosevelt, Urban renewal, Urbanization, Washington Sanitary Housing Company, Woodrow Wilson |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   As seen in earlier parts of this lengthy post, the experience gained by General George M. Sternberg in his Washington Sanitary Improvement Company had proven the effectiveness of a private non-profit acting as […]