How Real Estate Came to Own Us
By Alyssa Katz
(Bloomsbury USA, Paperback, 9781608192052, 304pp.)
Publication Date: July 6, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
Categories: Real Estate - Sales
A look at how the nation got swept up in real estate mania, Our Lot casts the business story—the collapse of the subprime empire and its impact on the economy—as part of a government social-engineering project, dating back to the 1930s, to make homeownership attainable for all. Based on original reporting, Our Lot examines how the economic anxieties and realities of ordinary Americans helped fuel the bubble, how it has affected our communities, and how we can move on into a future we'll want to live in.
Alyssa Katz teaches journalism at New York University and works with the Pratt Center for Community Development. Formerly the editor of City Limits, a magazine about New York and its neighborhoods, she currently writes for Mother Jones, New York, the Nation, and other publications. Alyssa lives in Brooklyn, in a co-op apartment that she owns.