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This issue of Review of Applied Urban Research features "New Single-Family Houses Constructed in Douglas and Sarpy Counties During 1977," by Jack Ruff and Linda Ferring.

Home building has been called one of the brightest spots in the nation's economy in 1977, as construction increased 29 percent since 1976.1 Building permits issued in 1977 for residential units in Douglas and Sarpy counties indicate a 15 percent rise from 1976. The past year was the second year of increase in total permit units after the recessionary slump in construction activity early in the decade. Single-family housing permits have increased for three years and in 1977 the number of permits issued nearly returned to pre-recessionary levels, particularly in Douglas County (Table 1 ).