Penguin Press, February 2020. First Edition. Hardcover. Used - Very Good / Very Good. Item #253025
A Time 100 Must-Read Book of 2020 - A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice - California Book Award Silver Medal in Nonfiction - Finalist for The New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism - Named a top 30 must-read Book of 2020 by the New York Post - Named one of the 10 Best Business Books of 2020 by Fortune - Named A Must-Read Book of 2020 by Apartment Therapy - Runner-Up General Nonfiction: San Francisco Book Festival - A Planetizen Top Urban Planning Book of 2020 - Shortlisted for the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice
"Tells the story of housing in all its complexity." --NPR
Spacious and affordable homes used to be the hallmark of American prosperity. Today, however, punishing rents and the increasingly prohibitive cost of ownership have turned housing into the foremost symbol of inequality and an economy gone wrong. Nowhere is this more visible than in the San Francisco Bay Area, where fleets of private buses ferry software engineers past the tarp-and-plywood shanties of the homeless. The adage that California is a glimpse of the nation's future has become a cautionary tale. With propulsive storytelling and ground-level reporting, New York Times journalist Conor Dougherty chronicles America's housing crisis from its West Coast epicenter, peeling back the decades of history and economic forces that brought us here and taking readers inside the activist movements that have risen in tandem with housing costs.
'Cities are the engines of economic progress and the places that give birth to ideas that shape our lives. For generations, arriving in a major city was the first step toward the American Dream. But as housing costs skyrocket in job-rich cities across the nation, that door to opportunity is swinging shut. No place has felt this more acutely than the San Francisco Bay Area, where the mansions of tech billionaires stand streets away from encampments of cardboard. With riveting block-by-block reporting, New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty parses the history and economic forces that underlie the crisis from its epicenter. As rising rents and home prices have spread across the country, massive movements against single-family zoning and for tenants' rights have followed'-- First edition with full number line.. Signed publisher's bookplate on front free endpaper. Mylar wrapped to preserve.