Category: Discourse

Wall Street’s next big bet could revolutionize homeownership

American homeowners saw the value of their houses boom over the past few years — and big Wall Street investors want in on the action. PM Images/Getty Images; Jenny Chang-Rodriguez/BI It was shortly before Christmas 2021 when Kennis Schummer received a letter that changed his life. Schummer, a 64-year-old jingle writer turned retail manager, had seen the value of his modest ranch-style home near Pensacola,…

If we want to strengthen America, it’s time to rethink our approach to DEI

Diversity, equity, and inclusion programs are under attack. But DEI is crucial for a better America. Getty Images; Alyssa Powell/BI My first lesson on diversity came when I was about 7 years old. I was several years into the foster-care system, and the agency was struggling to find me a permanent home. After one of what felt like dozens of home visits, I asked my…

Gen Z is living with their parents to save money. But it’s going to cost them, big time.

Like millennials, Gen Z is living with their parents well into their 20s. But in the long run, it may not be a good idea. iStock; Rebecca Zisser/BI After graduating from college in 2021, Bethany Clark moved back in with her parents. She planned to spend a year studying full time to be a teacher, so it made sense to live at home in Surrey,…

The problem with your favorite restaurant? You.

American restaurants are facing a tipping point. There’s one major thing holding them back. Juanjo Gasull for BI Restaurants across America are teetering on a precipice. Four years after the devastation of pandemic shutdowns, the industry is still in crisis and the experience of dining out is rapidly deteriorating. You may have noticed this the last time you ate out. Was the service slow? Was…

America isn’t building enough homes. A new map may fix that.

Adrián Astorgano for BI Depending on who’s doing the estimating, America is short anywhere from 2 million to 6 million homes. If you’ve tried to buy or rent a place in the past year, or you know anyone who has, then you didn’t need me to tell you that. Hardly anything’s on the market, and none of us can afford what is. The question is:…

Get used to it: America’s winters will be a lot less snowy from now on

Last December was the warmest on record for much of the Midwest. It’s the beginning of a new normal. Tara Anand for BI Jocie Nelson has been cross-country skiing for as long as she can remember. When she was growing up, the sport was her way of connecting with nature during the long, harsh Minnesota winters, where temperatures often reach the minus 30s. Thousands of…

For Gen Z, a job is just a job: ‘I’ve come to terms with what adulthood is actually like’

Gen Z workers just want two things out of a job: a good salary and a quick promotion. Abanti Chowdhury/ BI At 25, Kimi Kaneshina isn’t where she thought she would be in her career. After a year working as a product manager in Southern California, she was laid off in June. The job was great, but the experience of getting axed shifted her priorities….

What I got wrong about loyalty at work

Kiersten Essenpreis for BI In January, I published a story on how loyalty died in the American workplace. The response to the story was huge: I received more emails and LinkedIn messages about it than I had for any other piece I’ve written in my 14 years as a journalist. And what struck me most were the readers who wanted to tell me that I…

The Vision Pro’s scary side effect

Apple; Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images; Alyssa Powell/BI The reviews are in, and the tech press is lauding the Apple Vision Pro headset for delivering on the company’s promises. It’s well-designed, the video and sound are startlingly precise, the “Minority Report”-style gestural interface is future-tastic. Nobody’s exactly sure what it’s for, or whether even the Readiest Players One will spend $3,500 on it, but…

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