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Rent Control Keeps Prices Down for Everyone. Why? Because the Housing Market Is Driven Primarily by Speculative Forces, Not Supply and Demand

Julian Smith-Newman makes the case for rent control as a solution to California's housing affordability crisis.

Is Motherhood a Genre?

Sarah Blackwood asks: does treating motherhood as a genre in itself limit our reading of books about motherhood?

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