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Bronx Baby Buggies: 1936

Bronx Baby Buggies: 1936

June 1936. "Bronx, New York. Background photo for Hightstown project. Many of the future Hightstown settlers are now living in the Bronx district. This is the street on which Mr. Morris Back and family, certified applicant for resettlement, now live." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration, whose plan to move hundreds of Eastern European, mostly Jewish, immigrants from New York to rural New Jersey met with a resounding meh. View full size.

 

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[Prefatory note: The "Hightstown project" was Roosevelt, which at the time was called Jersey Homesteads. - Dave]

The Resettlement Administration was also the sponsor of a substantial movement of mostly Jewish immigrants out of New York City to rural New Jersey, to a destination unlike the substantial Victorian era town of Hightstown. It created the town of Roosevelt out of farm land. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The Wikipedia article gives the particulars:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roosevelt,_New_Jersey

While the project was never economically viable, it attracted a lot of attention from famous people and has a unique architecture. My mother used to say the city people who were settled there had to learn house building as they went along and the results were charmingly amateurish, including flat roofs that might actually reflect the artistic trends of the period more than the influence of beginners. I'm sure they leaked.

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