Poverty and housing

The Thing That Keeps Us Poor

How rethinking a cherished American ideal might help

This picture suggests my $125-per-month college basement apartment, which I paid for by scraping together multiple $3.35 per hour jobs, wasn’t so bad. Personal photo.

A lot of us see being able to live in our own space as an important milestone. It sure was to me. When I was growing up I could not wait to move out.

I spent the summer after my freshman year back home with my parents, but after a taste of…



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Michelle Teheux

Michelle Teheux


Lover of literature. Editor of Minds Without Borders. Former newspaper editor. Fascinated by everything. Contact at michelleteheux@gmail.com.