What will it take for Americans to ditch their obsession with single-family homes?

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A new book by Diana Lind, the former editor of Next City, examines the policies and market forces that have elevated homeownership above all other housing choices—and how that’s starting to change. For all the aging or now irrelevant clichés of what it means to be an American or to live in America, one has remained largely true throughout the decades. The American Dream, for many people, means owning their own home. But even that apple pie of cultural standards is beginning to change. Read Full Story

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Watch James Baldwin’s brilliant 1965 speech in which he explored why Black Lives Matter

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The writer’s analysis of “the American dream” and what that meant for the black community is a must-watch today. On February 18, 1965, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. debated the concept of the American dream at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Baldwin and Buckley were polar opposites. Baldwin, an eloquent champion of the humanity of black people, had made it his life’s mission to highlight the nuances of what it was like to be black in a country that was built by, but not for, you. Buckley, a conservative who grew up wealthy, also examined race in his writings, but he often touted the notion that black people were inferior, and championed a new rising of the south (he later changed his views). Read Full Story

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I’m an immigrant startup founder who came for the American Dream. Here’s why it’s in danger

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An immigrant entrepreneur who’s navigated bringing a startup to the U.S. to grow explains how reforms to our current systems can help the American economy flourish. Silicon Valley has attracted smart, imaginative, enterprising, and talented people from all over the world for decades. Its name has become a shorthand for centers of innovation and startups. But while other regions might have a reputation for being a hub of innovation, the real magic of the Bay Area is that it is by far the best place on Earth to accelerate and scale a technology-based business. Read Full Story

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The new American Dream is just as unattainable as the old one

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The experience economy is mixing with gig work, an incomprehensible financial system, and unpayable college debt, creating a new set of impossible-to-achieve goals for a new generation. In the 1958 episode of Leave It to Beaver called “The Bank Account,” Ward Cleaver gets Wally and Beaver a piggy bank, seeding it with 75¢. Ward explains, “You’re going to go to college one of these days, and you’ll find that money will come in mighty handy then.” Read Full Story

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The ultimate quarantine jeans are here. Just don’t call them jeggings

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Good American’s new jeans are made with serious stretch, and each pair encompasses four traditional sizes. Imagine a pair of jeans that magically adjusted to your body as you wore them day after day, year after year, even as your body changed. After an indulgent holiday meal, they’re not too snug; nor are they too loose on days when you feel your best. It seems like the stuff of a teen movie , but denim startup Good American may have found a way to turn this dream into a reality. Read Full Story

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