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"A self contained planned community, complete with schools, places of worship, recreational areas, and shopping facilities
 

Levitt and Sons announced on May 7, 1947 that were going to build 2,000 rental homes for the veterans and their families. The New York Herald Tribune printed a story 2 days later that 50% of the homes were already rented and they weren't even built yet. The housing boom was started, and Levittown was created.

Because of this housing boom, Levitt and Sons needed to build these houses fast and cheap so the veterans could be approved for their loans. So the developer and his sons decided to build the homes on concrete slabs, elimimating basements. This was something they had done for the Navy Housing in Norfolk, Va. So the zoning for the town had to change the building codes so they could go on with the housing plan.
 
Buyers at settlement.
   [Nassau County Museum]
 



Levitt and Sons owned a lumber yard in Blue Lake, California and a nail factory. These were purchase over the years as they had built previous developments. With building techniques that they used in the past were implemented with the developing of Levittown. So all the lumber was precut and shipped from California, in which they reopened an abandon rail line to bring in materials.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Basic Cape framing                    
                                                                                                               

Their were arguments over the usage of non-union labor, but this was necessary to keep the cost down. They were so successful of the usage of the production line technique, by 1948 they were turning out thirty houses a day.


The community almost          immediately needed a school district. ''In 1949 we had potato fields.'' said Dr. Herman A. Sirois, Superintendent of the Levittown School District. ''In 1950 we had a school system. In 1952 we had 10,000 students.''
  
Family looking down on Levittown, c. 1956, Jack Rosen


Levitt and Sons couldn't keep up with the demand of hundreds of veterans who were applying for houses. Even though all of the 2,000 houses that were built were rented. So they decided to build an additional 4,000 homes. Before they knew it schools, a post office, streetlights and phone service was in the community. So in 1949, they stopped building rental homes and designed the "Ranch Style" home which was advertised as a large, modern home with the price of $7900. All you would needed is a $90 down payment with monthly mortgage payments of $58 per month.


 

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