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IPhone 8

American family homes are getting bigger than ever, but US homeowners don't fully understand the consequences of living big

The United States is facing a housing crisis: Affordable housing is inadequate, while luxury homes abound. Homelessness remains a persistent problem in many areas of the country.<p>Despite this, popular culture has often focused on housing as an opportunity for upward mobility: the American Dream …

Housing

Resentment of Crazy-Rich Americans Isn’t Just Envy

People are bothered by a sense that the system is rigged and unfair.<p>In the forthcoming movie “Crazy Rich Asians,” an American woman discovers that her boyfriend belongs to Singapore’s secretive, obnoxious jet set. It’s fun to laugh at the ultrarich when they’re just a caricature on a screen. But …

Income Inequality

Landless Americans Are the New Serf Class

While home ownership remains the dream of most Americans, fewer and fewer people here can afford to own one.<p><i>The suburban house is the idealization of</i> …

Hiring An Advisor? Ask These Questions First | Investopedia

The financial advisory industry has made some significant advances over the last 10 years, which have ultimately benefited the end consumer. Although …

California's housing crunch has turned liberals against one another

On one side are liberals who are against further construction and development; on the other are liberals who want more affordable housing and shorter commutes.<p>BERKELEY, Calif. — A median-priced one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco rents for nearly $3,300 a month. In the Silicon Valley community …

Housing

Los Angeles' notorious traffic problem explained in graphics

<b>(CNN) —</b> Los Angeles is probably as famous for its traffic congestion as it is for the iconic Hollywood Sign.<p>Last November, for example, CNN posted the below video, showing traffic congestion snaking for miles in LA just before Thanksgiving weekend kicked off.<p>Despite the planned expansion of the Los …

Urban Design

The American Midwest is quickly becoming a blue-collar version of Silicon Valley

The economic engine of Silicon Valley seems to have driven right by the Midwest. America’s urban coastal cities have enjoyed an explosion in their technology sectors. New York’s Silicon Alley and Boston’s biotech corridor are world-class incubators of talent and startups. Austin (Texas), Seattle …

The Economy Is Soaring, And Now So Is The Deficit. That’s A Bad Combination.

Between costly tax cuts and last week’s hefty spending bill, Congress is generating deficits that aren’t just large, they’re also unprecedented and …

Economics

Yep, Los Angeles has the world's worst traffic congestion — again

U.S. cities dominate the world's top 10 most-traffic-congested urban areas, with Los Angeles leading in mind-numbing and costly gridlock, according to a new report issued Tuesday.<p>La La Land, with its jam-packed freeways and driving culture despite billions being poured into rail transit, emerged …

Transportation

A Driverless Future Threatens the Laws of Real Estate

The link between property and transport has been perhaps the most durable in human history.<p>Since the ancients, few things have delivered higher land …

Real Estate

Boycott the Republican Party

If conservatives want to save the GOP from itself, they need to vote mindlessly and mechanically against its nominees.<p>A few days after the Democratic electoral sweep this past November in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere, <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i> asked a random Virginia man to explain his vote. The …

Density's Next Frontier: The Suburbs

According to a new study, the continuing low density of inner suburbs is a major cause of the housing crisis—and a potential solution.<p>In a recent survey, America’s mayors named housing, and housing affordability, as the number-one problem facing their cities. This concern was not only voiced by …

Urban Design

Metro board approves mayor’s plan to speed up transit projects in time for LA Olympics

Including transit in the Sepulveda Pass<p>Building public transit through the notoriously-congested Sepulveda Pass was targeted for completion in 2033.<p>A train from Union Station to Artesia was set to open in 2041.<p>A Gold Line extension to Whittier or El Monte was scheduled to open in 2035.<p>Now, Metro …

Urban Design

Downtown L.A.'s development boom heads west with a big new housing and retail complex

A large-scale residential and hotel complex will be proposed for the former headquarters campus of the Metropolitan Water District on Sunset Boulevard as Los Angeles' development boom expands into blocks just northwest of downtown.<p>The $600-million project, called 1111 Sunset, would include …

Skyscrapers

A Perfect Storm Is Coming to Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Countries don’t disappear, it has been said, but sometimes they do encounter perfect storms. These do not threaten their existence, yet they can represent major challenges to their welfare and integrity. Mexico may be on the verge of such a perfect storm as it enters a new year …

Mexico

The Psychology of Inequality

Researchers find that much of the damage done by being poor comes from feeling poor.<p>In 2016, the highest-paid employee of the State of California was Jim Mora, the head coach of U.C.L.A.’s football team. (He has since been fired.) That year, Mora pulled in $3.58 million. Coming in second, with a …

Psychology

The Real Future of Work

Forget automation. The workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it.<p><b>In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues</b> filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Borland had worked there for the past 13 years as a …

The Workplace

The Greatest Bubble Ever: Why You Better Believe It, Part 1

During the 40 months after Alan Greenspan's infamous "irrational exuberance" speech in December 1996, the NASDAQ 100 index rose from <i>830</i> to <i>4585</i> or by</i> …

The LA Bucket List: 45 Things to Do Before You Die

The one and only thing every single Angeleno needs on their LA bucket list? Reading this, uh, LA bucket list, which lays out all 45 things you need …

How the baby boomers — not millennials — screwed America

“The boomers inherited a rich, dynamic country and have gradually bankrupted it."<p>Everyone likes to bash millennials. We’re spoiled, entitled, and hopelessly glued to our smartphones. We demand participation trophies, can’t find jobs, and live with our parents until we’re 30. You know the punchlines …

Demographics

College Isn't a Waste of Time

Higher ed does more than reassure prospective employers; it teaches skills used for a lifetime.<p>In a recent Atlantic article, George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan declares that college is, mostly, a waste of time. Caplan’s claim is sure to appeal to those who feel that their own higher …

I told my mother-in-law I'd plan an L.A. architecture tour for her 80th birthday. But what buildings to choose?

My wife’s mother, Mary Ellen, is an upbeat, tireless and very practical woman, for many decades a Bay Area resident but by birth a Hoosier (and Midwestern to the core). When she has a birthday coming up she’ll sometimes send me and my wife a list of suggested presents. Over the years the list has …

Architecture

A theory of cycles suggests a new golden economic age

dad206bd-82de-491c-8a26-b90639bfad48<p>A theory of cycles suggests a new golden economic …

Obama Administration

The Intolerant Left

A conversation with the writers Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Jeffrey Goldberg about self-righteousness among progressives, the appeal of Donald Trump, and the entitlement that comes with being white in America<p>The writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has firsthand experience with the …

A Generational Reset That Will Redistribute Wealth To The Bottom 60% Is Near

Billionaire founder of top hedge fund Bridgewater Associates Ray Dalio got where he is by having keen insight into both human nature and economic trends.<p>Occasionally, he shares some of his wisdom publicly.<p>In one of his recent articles, Dalio argues that it is a serious mistake to think you can …

Income Inequality

U.S. Productivity Growth: Miserable or Just Mismeasured?

After the global financial crisis of 2008, many economists projected that the United States economy would steadily recover, eventually returning to pre-crisis strength, or at least close to it, within a matter of years. Yet, almost a decade later, the current state of the economy continues to defy …

7 charts explain why the gap between the rich and poor is highest ever

The U.S. economy has generated immense wealth over the last half century, but not all Americans have been invited to the party.<p>The racial and ethnic …

The large parts of America left behind by today's economy

70d3114b-c79c-403d-902c-ec5b128f793f<p>The large parts of America left behind by today's …

North Korea

MAPPED: The states that are still reeling from the Great Recession

The U.S. economy has finally regained its pre-recession levels of employment and Gross Domestic Product (GDP). What does that mean? More people are getting hired, and they're spending their paychecks. That's all good, but it's no secret the economy has undergone an uneven recovery since the Great …