Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us (Google eBook)

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jul 1, 2009 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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Our Lot tells how an entire nation got swept up in real estate mania, and it casts the business story--the collapse of the subprime empire and the global impact it had on the economy--as part of a project of social engineering beginning in the 1930s by the U.S. government to make homeownership available to those who had never been able to attain it before. Based on original reporting, Our Lot does not dwell on the foibles of executives. It looks at the boom as experienced by ordinary Americans, and examines how our own economic anxieties and realities helped fuel the real estate bubble. Conveyed in accessible language and through narrative reporting, the book looks to help homeowners and would-be homeowners understand what really happened, how it has affected our homes and communities, and how we can move on into a future we'll want to live in.
  

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Review: Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us

User Review  - Megatherium - Goodreads

There was some quite interesting historical background to the housing crisis of 2006-? provided early on in this book that I had not heard before. Going back to the Johnson and Nixon administrations ... Read full review

Review: Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us

User Review  - Dinah - Goodreads

Through no fault of the author, I just couldn't make it through this book. The research is top notch, Katz does a wonderful job of telling the story of the mortgage crisis through the lens of ... Read full review

Contents

Almost like a Conspiracy
1
The Rising Tide
27
Subprime Time
54
Into Oblivion
78
Reaching the Limits
102
Crime Spree
129
Huffing the Fumes
156
Tenants No More
185
Returning Home
213
Acknowledgments
229
Notes
245
Index
267
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About the author (2009)

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.

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