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TIHE MICHIGAN DAILY

SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 1951

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'RING CONCERT:
Beethoven Will Highlight'
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Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9",
enerally regarded as the com-
oser's finest and most difficult
cork, will be performed by the
rniversity Symphony Orchestra
t 8:30 p.m. Wednsday in Hill
,uditorium.
Conducted by Prof. Wayne Dun-
ip, the Orcrestra will be assisted
y the University Choir featuring
oloists Grace Ravesloot, '53, so-
rano, Gloria Gonan, Grad., con-
alto, Robert Pearson, Grad., ten-
r and Jack Wilcox, Grad., bass.
The Choir will be directed by
rof. Maynard Klein.
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"THE SEVEN LAST WORDS of
What's Up,
In the .Dorms
(Any items of interest concerning
any dormitory, cooperative, or league
house may be reported to Judy Lager
at The Daily, 2-3241, or at 3-0715.)
Residents of the West Quad-
angle will get a chance to im-
rove their reading speed and ac-
irracy by means of a remedial
eading course.
Scheduled to begin next week
he course will be given twice
eekly by Charles Wegener, '51,
:ademic chairman of the Quad.
AN EASTER EGG hunt has
een planned by the women of
fartha Cook as part of their ho-
day celebration.
The search will take place Sun-
ay morning in the Blue Room of
ae dormitory. No girl will be ser-
ed breakfast until she finds an
gg and prizes will be awarded
the winners.
THE WEST QUADRANGLE en-
rtained the Board of Governors
Residence Halls Thursday at a
inner in their honor. After the
inner a meeting was held for all
ten of the quad. Problems of im-
roving dormitory living condi-
ons were discussed.
PLANS FOR the installation of
new transmitter are now being
lade by the members of the West
uad Radio Club.
Under the leadership of Leon-
ard Holder, '53E, licensed ama-
eurs or "hams," belonging to
the club send messages to other
amateurs all over the world.
No member may transmit mes-
iges until he has passed the
raining program sponsored by
ie FCC. Details of this program
ill be discussed at a club meet-
g at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the
uad.

Christ" by Haydn In the original
version, will also be included on
the program.
The history of this work, pub-
lished in 1801, is reportedly a re-
markable example of the transfer
of a work from one medium to an-
other.
Haydn was requested by a
canon of Cadiz to compose in-
strumental music on "The Sev-
en Last Words of Our Savior on
' the Cross." It was customary
at the Casthedral of Cadiz to
produce an oratorio every year
during Lent.
The ceremony began at noon
and after a short service the
bishop ascended the pulpit, pro-
nounced the first of the seven
words and delivered a short dis-
course on the word.
This ended, he left the pul-
pit and prostrated himself be-
fore the altar. The pause was
filled with music. The bishop
then pronounced the second
word, and so on, the orchestra
following on the conclusion of
each discourse.
The movements to be heard
Wednesday aare from the rarely
performed original version for
orchestra.
Scheduled for future presenta-
tion in the third and final concert
of the year is Brahms' "Symphony
No. 3 in F major."
IAU To Present
Arts Festival
The Inter-Arts Union, though
forced to drop two plays from its
program, still hopes to present
broad coverage of creative works
by students at its Third Annual,
Student Arts Festival, Friday,
Saturday and Sunday.
Chamber music, dance, songs,
poetry, two one-act operas and an
art exhibit will constitute the
Festival.
Disagreement between the IAU
and Bob Rosenberg '53, who wrote
"War Sky," one of the plays sched-
uled, resulted in withdrawal of
'that play. The other play, "What's
Holding Us Back?" by Saul Gott-
lieb '52, could not be cast.
Tryout Call
A tryout meeting for all stu-
dents interested in joining the
Generation business staff will
be held at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow
in the Student Publications
Building.

Sprawled over more than 16 square miles
in eastern Washtenaw County lies the largest
temporary housing project built during the last
war-Willow Run Village. Here is a survey of

the Village as it exists today =- the plywood
home of 200 worker families and a thousand
University student families-and a sketch of

hundreds of housing projects undertaken dur-
ing the last war emergency, the Village is be.
coming more important now as the need for
homes in this area grows more and more acute.

its prospects for the future.

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Village May
Expand in
Near Future

Willow Village has, in effect,
overstayed its leave.
Built to last until 1948, it must
today become permanent, in order
to save the Ann Arbor-Y1psilanti
housing shortage from becoming
even more, acute. According to
housing authorities, tearing it
down, or allowing it to collapse of
its own accord is completely out
of the question.
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PROPOSED expansion of man-
ufacturing plants in this vicinity,
in line with defense mobilization,
may pour more workers into
W a s h t e n a w and Xieighboring
counties than were here during
the war. Willow Village was filled
to overflowing with workers then;
today, a third is filled with stu-
dents.
But first, the problem is sim-
ply to make the existing Village
permanent. Expansion can come
later. According to Marvin
Tableman, chairman of the Vil-
lage Residents Council, top pros-
pect for permanence is a plan
by which the City of Ypsilanti
would annex Willow Village by
baying it from the government.
In the fall of 1949, the Willow
Village Redevelopment Committee
was set up to study ways that
ownership of the Village could be
transferred from the Public Hous-
ing Administration, its present
owner, which had expressed a
willingness to sell the project. This
way, it could become a city or part
of a city with specific government
of its own.
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THE COMMITTEE concluded
that the most practical method

BARRENNESS-THE MOST STRIKING ASPECT OF THE VILLAGE
would be to hook up with Ypsi-+ simply being maintained as they $dents have always played a large

lanti. The Village could be pur-
chased from the Housing Admin-
istration for the price of land
alone, at 1942 prices. The Rede-
velopment Committee joined with
Ypsilanti officials to form a
Greater Ypsilanti Committee, pe-
titions were circulated among Vil-
lage residents, and the annexation
now awaits final clearance through
local courts.
Although the Housing Ad-
ministration authorities have
not followed any definite policy
thus far toward making the
units more permanent, they have
improved some buildings with
shingle covering. However, the
majority of the buildings are

f have been since they were built. Ipart in the community ife 0o

There has always been a wait-
ing list to get into the Village.
Since the war, the size of the list
has accurately reflected employ-
ment trends in the vicinity, and
the proposed conversion of the
Kaiser-Frazer plant would boost
it considerably.
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IN THE YEARS immediately
following the war, the University
played a large part in the Village,
with more than 1200 student fam-
ilies living there. Although the
number has decreased slightly
now, with the student veteran
population gradually working out
through school, University stu-

the Village.
The University still runs bus-
es back and forth from the Vil-
lage. But they no longer carry
the single students, who filled,
several large dormitories from
1946 to 1950. Many of these
students were veterans; some
were transfer students who were
shunted into Willow Village for
want of other housing In town.
Now, the Kaiser-Frazer Corp.
has been reported getting ready
to ask the government for exclu-
sive use of the village for war
workers., This would give workers
a priority over veterans on the

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waiting list, and eventually, if
planned plant expansions mater-
ialize, would send the remaining
student population searching for
new homes. However, K-F and the
Air Force would have to make a
Joint request.
IT IS ESTIMATED that Wash-
tenaw County is already approxi-
mately 5,000 housing units short.
Willow Village, or something like
it, will have to fill in. The Hous-
ing Administration now owns a
horse-shoe shaped strip of land
around the present Village, big
enough to aouble its size, if neces-
sary.
Last week, it was reported
that Administration officials
were considering expansion of
the project, the Maybank hous-
ing bill, now being discussed in
Congress, to supply the neces-
sary funds.
But whatever way the Village
turns, whether to a repetition of
its last eight years, as a clogged,.
somewhat anonymous housing
project, or toward being a contain-
ed civic unit, officials agree that
something must be done soon. It
is still temporary.

Maintenance
Big Problem
For Project
Soon after Henry Ford began
in 1941 to build a bomber plant
in a cornfield a few miles east of
Ypsilanti, it became apparent
that new housing would be need-
ed for nearly fifteen thousand.
homeless workers.
The result was Willow Village,
sixteen- square miles of inexpen-
sive and temporary houses, dormi-
tories and stores. It was packed
full of workers from 1943 to 1945,
and when veterans flocked back
to school after the war, the Vil-
lage eased the sharp Ann Arbor
housinig shortage.
TODAY, Willow Village is again
fillingin a tight housing spot, and
it may soon be expanded. In the
meantime, ts owner, the Federal
Housing Administration, is main-
tainin'g it as well as can be man-
aged.on a budget of approximately
one million dollars.
The average Villager doesn't
plan to make it his permanent
home, however. If more ade-
quate housing were available in
the general vicinity, at a rea-
sonable price, he would prob-
ably move. But despite the
transient chracter of many
Village residents, there are about
800 families which have lived
there for nine years, ever since
its opening.
The Villager is represented by
the Resident Council, an advisory
group. Made up of twenty indivi-
duals elected from each part of
the project for a one year term,
the Council speaks for the resi-
dent to the management and out-
side local government. Its presi-
dent, Marvin Tableman, is head
of the University Institute of Pub-
lic Administration.
THERE IS O concentrated
commercial center in the project,
so the Villager, must go to Ypsit
Janti or Ann Arbor for heavy
shopping. He may pick up gro-
ceries or drugs, or go to the mov-
les, however, without leaving the
Village.
Partial segregation exists in
Willow Village, with one section
completely filled with Negroes,
one section mixed, and txe rest
almost exclusively white. One of
the five schools, located nea the
Negro section, doesn't have any
white children, and efforts to
enter a few living nearby have
consistently failed.
The three thousand housing
units are built in long rows, each
row containing four or fivet am-
fly groups. Some residents have
painted and decorated their ply-
wood and plasterboard apart-
ments, but the construction is
generally flimsy, and efforts of
this sort have to be repeated ev-
ery few months.
U-shaped courts are the usual
layout, with a communal driveway
running down the center. Many
Villagers have fenced off small
backyards for themselves on the
outside of the U.
Although trees and shrubbery
are almost completely lacking, the
empty sky is broken up by an
amazing number of television an-
tennas. They average nearly two
to a row of houses.

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Photo
Feature
Story by
CHUCK ELLIOTT
Pictures by
ROGER REINKE

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