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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),...

Real Estate Knowledge for the Ages

I don’t know about you guys, but attempts to slice and dice consumers into demographics that matter often exhausts me. It seems every other day there’s a new book purporting to tell all about how the ____ Generation feels...

Real Estate Retrotalk

The real estate industry has left its mark on our culture in a number of ways. But what kind of mark has culture left on modern real estate? Learn the odd origins of real estate phrases you use every...
March 26, 2013