In this final feature on Birmingham's history, Andy Bevan uses the Media Archive for Central England to retell the story of how the second city managed to bring housing up to scratch.
Watch the first of three features from Andy Bevan where he delves into the archives to find out more about the history of Leicester.
The story of Coventry's destruction at the hands of German aircraft bombers during the Second World War has been recounted many times - but the long road to the city's re-birth is a tale not often told.
Now, the Media Archive for Central England has put that right with a new DVD - using news footage from our own archives and material never before seen in public. Andy Bevan has been taking a look.