My Rent is More Than Your Mortgage—And That’s OK

My Rent is More Than Your Mortgage—And That’s OK

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My Rent is More Than Your Mortgage—And That’s OK

Often, when I talk about my rent in the city, I receive some version of “my entire mortgage is less than your monthly rent” from those who live outside of cities, usually with addi ...

Often, when I talk about my rent in the city, I receive some version of “my entire mortgage is less than your monthly rent” from those who live outside of cities, usually with additional commentary about throwing away money on rent. But I’m still getting the better deal, as ar ...

Lessons from 30 Rock: All God’s Children are Terrible

Lessons from 30 Rock: All God’s Children are Terrible

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Lessons from 30 Rock: All God’s Children are Terrible

“Jack, for the 80th time, no part of America is more American than any other part.” “You are wrong. Small towns are where you see the kindness and goodness and courage of everyd ...

“Jack, for the 80th time, no part of America is more American than any other part.” “You are wrong. Small towns are where you see the kindness and goodness and courage of everyday Americans. The folks who are teaching our kids, running our prisons, growing our cigarettes. Peop ...

What is a City?

What is a City?

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What is a City?

What is a city—that seems like an easy question. In America we have our standard list of examples, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. But that list also contains De ...

What is a city—that seems like an easy question. In America we have our standard list of examples, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. But that list also contains Detroit, St. Louis, and Miami. These are all very different places, with different histories and diffe ...