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Author Dougherty, Conor, author.

Title Golden gates : fighting for housing in America / Conor Dougherty.

Publication Info. New York : Penguin Press, 2020.
©2020
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  363.5097946 DOU    DUE 08-10-21
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Description xvi, 269 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary 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 teenage 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 bereaucrat who roguishly embraces density in response to the threat of climate change. A developer who manufactures housing for the homeless 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.
Subject Housing -- California -- San Francisco.
Working class -- Housing -- California -- San Francisco.
Zoning -- California -- San Francisco.
City planning -- California -- San Francisco.
ISBN 9780525560210 (hardcover)
0525560211 (hardcover)
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