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Published by Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham in Birmingham .
Written in English



  • England,
  • Birmingham.


  • Housing -- England -- Birmingham.,
  • Public housing -- England -- Birmingham.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Statement[by Ray Forrest & Alan Murie].
SeriesResearch memorandum - Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham ; no. 53
ContributionsMurie, A. S., joint author.
LC ClassificationsHD7334.B5 F67
The Physical Object
Pagination[1], ii leaves, 50 [i.e. 61] p. :
Number of Pages61
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4594377M
ISBN 100704402238
LC Control Number77356793

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