'Skateboarders Take Over Swimming Pools' as America's Homes Lay Vacant

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

housing, house, foreclosure, foreclosing House in foreclosure. (Respres/flickr)

Two years after The Great Recession officially came to a close, housing prices have dropped to their lowest levels since 2006. A Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller report showed the home price index dropping 4.2 percent last month, aided in part by the growing number of foreclosures, and a reluctance on the part of new buyers. 

Daniel Martin, an economist with the Economist Intelligence Unit, said that part of the problem is the vacant homes that sit across the country. He estimates that 1.5 million houses are sitting vacant across the country. But what happen do all of these empty homes do to the American psyche? What does it mean to live around such emptiness?

For the answer, we speak with Thomas Sugrue, history professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “The Origins of the Urban Crisis.”

Guests:

Thomas Sugrue

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [1]

listener

Isn't "government induced programs" responsible for creating and prolonging this housing crisis in the first place? Doesn't the term "urban agriculture" sound like the first steps of a slow motion march backward?

Jun. 01 2011 10:45 AM

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