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Includes student papers; files documenting his early work as a city planner; lecture
notes, correspondence, and subject files from the University of Pennsylvania and Hunter
College; campaign materials from the 1968 election; and alphabetical subject files and
project files of correspondence, reports, studies, clippings, and publications of the
Suburban Action Institute and the Metropolitan Action Institute. Subjects include
equality in access to suburban housing, exclusionary zoning policies and laws, creation
of non-profit mechanisms for building mixed-income housing in suburban communities,
discriminatory federal funding suits in Hartford, Conn. and elsewhere; discriminatory
zoning cases including Madison and Mahwah, N.J., and Brookhaven, N.Y.; the role of large
corporations in abetting discriminatory practices, including action against RCA; the
creation of accessory apartments in single-family housing units; inclusionary
revitalization; a study of the civil rights impact of Westway; and projects in Port
Arthur, Texas, Hoboken, N.J., the lower east side of New York City, Smith Haven Mall in
Yonkers, and Starrett City in Brooklyn.
Also includes correspondence, reports, and legal papers pertain to a landmark suit
against the Philadelphia suburb of Mount Laurel, N.J. Also, books published by Suburban
Action and Metropolitan Action as well as articles by and about Paul Davidoff and his
wife Linda, also a city planner.
Also publications and offprints of Paul Davidoff and a selection of Davidoff's course
outlines for teaching urban planning.