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.
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Tributes have been paid to a 91-year-old Royal British Legion member who died in a house fire on Saturday morning.
Flood warnings have been issued across the Midlands after heavy rainfall.
Most parts across the region will be dry but showers are likely as well as brisk winds.