In the 1950s, CHPC calls for well-planned urban renewal.

The Federal Housing Act of 1949 gave American cities the financing to clear slums and to launch urban renewal projects that would plan these blighted areas from scratch. In the 1950s, the Citizens Housing and Planning Council published a pamphlet urging New York to embrace quality urban planning and redevelopment and to invite New Yorkers to become involved with CHPCs work on the issue.

Further, CHPC proclaimed, We can decide that the comfort and happiness of people rank above everything else. CHPC warned New York City against constructing large, congested, and more profitable buildings, and called instead for the creation of livable neighborhoods and vibrant communities.