Book Reviews Archive

Fair Housing’s Second Act

While the passage of the Fair Housing Act in 1968 was a moment worth celebrating, it’s also important that we, as Americans and as real estate professionals, look at what’s happened since that historic moment. That’s why Living Apart:...
September 5, 2018

The Problem With Gentrification

I live in a bustling neighborhood in Chicago called Boystown, the city’s best-known gay enclave, with a plethora of bars, shops, and other businesses tailored for the LGBT community. Having moved to Chicago a little more than five years...
August 29, 2018

The Invention and Evolution of a Space and Place Called the Ghetto

“Ghetto.” The word evokes a long and vexing tradition of racial imagery and history in the United States. We may think we know what the word means, but where does it come from? Why does it carry such socio-cultural...
July 12, 2018

Learning to Hear the Dog Whistle

Dog whistles are intended to be silent for everyone except for a select few listeners. But in his best-selling book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class (Oxford University Press, 2014),...
June 1, 2018

A Deeper Understanding of the Scourge of Racial Inequality

The pace of historic change can be at once laborious and swift. The passage of the U.S. Fair Housing Act in 1968 is a case in point. As a response to generations of discriminatory practices condoned by government, business,...
May 30, 2018

Would Mom Be Proud of Your Business?

The book is all about how to run a business your mother would be proud of. In it, Bliss offers countless real-life examples of how companies get this right and wrong. She punctuates these case studies with concrete ways...
May 7, 2018

What It’s Like to be Evicted

It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to be evicted, perhaps because the impacts of evictions are so wide-ranging. Household items are put on the curb and lost if the evictee can’t afford a storage unit. Having an eviction...
April 23, 2018

Books in Brief: Lighting the Path to Housing Equality

No matter how passive it may seem, reading is an activity. It can be an acknowledgement, a political act, an act of remembrance—and at its best, it’s often all three wrapped into one. April 11, 2018 will mark 50...
March 26, 2018

No Sunset on Housing History

Edina, Minn. is one of the few suburbs I could see myself living in. It has decent public transportation, boutique storefronts, independent restaurants—and for an extra dose of kitsch—the first indoor shopping mall in America. It’s one of those...
February 23, 2018

Wake Up Call for the Development Industry

In Reshaping Metropolitan America, Arthur C. Nelson argues demographic shifts on the horizon may mean McMansions in less-connected housing developments are divided up and transformed into slums, if current development trends aren't carefully reimagined. ...
January 29, 2018

Uncovering the Government’s Role in the History of U.S. Segregation

In The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, author Richard Rothstein details how the U.S. government introduced and reinforced the patterns of racial segregation we see across the United States today. Hathaway Hester...
January 24, 2018

What’s a Social-Purpose REIT?

The City We Need Is Affordable, Vol. 2 looks at some of real estate’s more innovative responses to the challenge of affordable housing all around the world....
January 4, 2018

A History of the World Via Real Estate

The more I learn about real estate, the more evident it becomes that the industry touches everything. That’s definitely the feeling I got while reading Placemakers: Emperors, Kings, Entrepreneurs: A Brief History of Real Estate Development (Figure 1 Publishing...
June 7, 2017

Help Clients Get a Clearer View of Clutter

OK, it’s confession time: I haven’t even been in my house for a full two years yet, and it’s already time for a decluttering session. Maybe part of it was moving into a place that didn’t need much work...
March 14, 2017

Dream Team

Despite (or maybe due to) the solitary nature of real estate, it’s one of those industries that runs best when the lines of communication are open. That’s why you see so many mentor-mentee arrangements and cross-professional relationships. But what...
February 24, 2017