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Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America

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Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America

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A Time 100 Must-Read Book of 2020 
New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice 
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

A stunning, deeply reported investigation into the housing crisis


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 where the homeless make their homes. 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 uprisings that have risen in tandem with housing costs. 

To tell this new story of housing, Dougherty follows a struggling math teacher who builds a political movement dedicated to ending single-family-house neighborhoods. A teenaged girl who leads her apartment complex against their rent-raising landlord. A nun who tries to outmaneuver private equity investors by amassing a multimillion-dollar portfolio of affordable homes. A suburban bureaucrat who roguishly embraces density in response to the threat of climate change. A developer who manufactures homeless housing on an assembly line.

Sweeping in scope and intimate in detail, Golden Gates captures a vast political realignment during a moment of rapid technological and social change.


Conor Dougherty is an economics reporter at The New York Times. He previously spent a decade in New York covering housing and the economy for The Wall Street Journal. He grew up in the Bay Area and lives with his family in Oakland.

ISBN: 9780525560210

ISBN-10: 9780525560210

Publisher: Penguin Press

Publication Date: 02/18/2020 - 12:00am

On Sale: 02/18/2020 - 12:00am

Pages: 288

Categories

Social Science / Sociology / Urban

Business & Economics / Economic History

Political Science / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development

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