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.
More top news
West Midlands weather: Staying dry with some Bank Holiday sunshine
East Midlands weather: Cloudy, with a dry Bank Holiday Monday
Police release a CCTV image of a man they want to talk to after cash and jewellery worth more than £10,000 was stolen from a family.