Passing through Springfield, IL, the state’s capitol, I wandered over to the historic area of town where Abe Lincoln lived. The boarded side walks immediately transported me to a time when women wore voluminous amounts of clothing, even during the hot humid summer days, and men wore a full suit with a top hat that exaggerated their height. Imagining the smells that would fill the air with horse sweat, manure, trash, body odor, lamp oil, wood smoke, etc., I envision a place that would be very difficult to live in compared to an era complete with modern amenities. How have we changed as a society in dealing with housing issues during the past 160 years? Have things changed, been re-categorized, improved or declined?