Episode 38: Thousand housesFirst aired: Wednesday, 14 October 2015 at 18.00 hours
In this episode of Noorderdiepte a documentary on postwar housing shortage in the Groningen villages. In 1950 a plan was presented to build 1 000 houses. This was picked up by 30 municipalities within a few months.
In 1950 the mayor of Ulrum brought, H. Ottevanger, the postwar housing shortage in Groningen villages publicity. He presented a plan to build 1000 houses, which was worn in a few months by 30 municipalities. In mid-1952 the thousandth house was ready. Most homes in this project have been demolished, but a section is still standing.
Past and present, giving rise to pay attention to this particular episode in the economic, social and architectural history of Groningen.
The "1000 houses" were a response to an acute housing shortage, which was not dealt with effectively in the countryside of Groningen in spite of the 1901 Housing Act. This in contrast to the city of Groningen, which built social housing for the war on a large scale. The diligence and cooperation of rural municipalities is still remarkable in 1950. Director Wilma Fritsma returned to the location and spoke with residents and former residents.