The Magic of Estate Sales

“To walk through an estate sale and finger the wares—as I’ve been doing regularly since I was a teenager—is to commune with the departed. If you’re paying attention, you can put together a story about who they were.”

Source: Curbed
Published: May 1, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,800 words)

Whose Facade Is It, Anyway?

These days, whether you like it or not, your photogenic home may be a backdrop for tourists’ photoshoots. But posing in front of pretty facades, a practice perfected by travel influencers on Instagram, brings up issues of privacy and etiquette.

Source: Curbed
Published: Feb 6, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,519 words)

The Pure Joy of HGTV’s ‘My Lottery Dream Home’

Finally, a shelter show we can just watch instead of hate-watch.

Source: Curbed
Published: Sep 21, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,856 words)

Living Alone and Liking It

More women in the U.S. live alone than ever before, but our conversation about solo-living women has a long history.

Source: Curbed
Published: Jun 20, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,250 words)

In Staten Island, a Remote Wilderness Is Threatened by Encroaching Development

On the southern edge of Staten Island lays the undeveloped creeks and woodlands around Sharrotts Shoreline, a rare relict of old New York. It might not be undeveloped for long.

Source: Curbed
Published: May 17, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,190 words)

Why Buying a House Today Is So Much Harder Than in 1950

The 2017 National Home Price Index increased at twice the rate of income growth, further tightening an already difficult housing market, especially for Millenials. But it was past racist policies, government intervention and once-abundant land that helped put home-ownership beyond many people’s reach.

Source: Curbed
Published: Apr 10, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,581 words)

I Found My Dream Apartment — and then Adopted a Difficult Dog

A personal essay in which writer Jason Diamond reflects on the early, difficult days with his anxious dog, Max, and realizes how much they were, and are alike.

Source: Curbed
Published: May 8, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,843 words)

Malls and the Future of American Retail

The mall was supposed to be a reinvention of the town square — and for nearly half a century it was, as a public space committed to shopping, eating, or merely lounging around with friends. But the retail apocalypse has taken the core out of the mall, the flagship retail that held it all together, and the new mall may have more in common with a museum, where shopping is less important than an overall mood of luxury and citizenship.

Source: Curbed
Published: Feb 15, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,800 words)

The Man’s Man’s Kitchen

As American men started cooking more at home, companies started redesigning their appliances to capture their dollars. Unfortunately, insulting gendered ideas about “manly cooking” and women’s “natural way in the kitchen” still underlie this shift to clean steal surfaces and black-matte finishes.

Source: Curbed
Published: Jan 31, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,849 words)

Evictionland: More and More Americans Experience Eviction, and Gentrification is Partly to Blame

In this essay supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Joseph Williams investigates the increasingly deft mechanisms at work evicting lower-income apartment dwellers in rapidly gentrifying cities, while chronicling his own descent from white collar Politico reporter living in a luxury apartment, to jobless, homeless man.

Source: Curbed
Published: Jan 24, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,272 words)