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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.

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