Report of the Housing of the Laboring Classes in the City of Washington

Title

Report of the Housing of the Laboring Classes in the City of Washington

Subject

interpretation of African American spatial use, condemnation of alley communities

Description

This study of the African American alley communities uses the institution of health to condemn the alleys as unfit living situation.

Creator

Dr. George M. Kober

Source

Report of the Health Officer of the District of Columbia

Publisher

US Government Printing Office

Date

1899

Contributor

District of Columbia Board of Health

Rights

US Government

Relation

http://books.google.com/books/download/Report_of_the_health_officer.pdf?id=ilZNAAAAMAAJ&hl=en&capid=AFLRE71JonVd0usETg7MmQGwfOTjgiopWfyfbifIBOUca7OMJwpBeMz4WZ0vxjHyaEYbrrkZh1xWUmSpO0CNlsfhiedLImtCJQ&continue=http://books.google.com/books/download/Report_of_the_health_officer.pdf%3Fid%3DilZNAAAAMAAJ%26output%3Dpdf%26hl%3Den

Format

book

Language

English

Text

"From the results of this preliminary investigation the objections to our alleys may be summarized as follows:
1. The existence of blind alleys or cul-de-sacs shutting off small communities from the outsider world and which are calculated not only to promote sickness, but also immortality and crime.
2. Insanitary conditions of the alleys and alley dwellings, which menace not only the health of the immediate inhabitants, but also of the people residing in the same block.
3. The undue prevalence of immortality and crime, since it may be taken for granted that the majority of alley tenants suffer positive deterioration from witnessing the uncurbed vice around them.
4. High rents in proportion to the income of the families, especially in consideration of the accommodations offered and the actual value of the property."

Collection

Citation

Dr. George M. Kober, “Report of the Housing of the Laboring Classes in the City of Washington,” Inbetween Peoples, accessed February 28, 2020, https://as205.omeka.net/items/show/149.