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The idea of owning a suburban home was fed to Americans by people in power: Suburbia has always been suitable for industry.
Big houses = big appliances. This fed the coal, steel, and automaking industries. With it came cars and oil that made the postwar American suburb possible. It is all as much a creature of government as of the market.
In 2011, my parents gave me a sum of money that was both outrageous and, in the real estate terms of major cities, quite reasonable: 10 percent down on the 250-square-foot apartment I still own in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. While I was conflicted about taking it, there wasn't much of a question about whether I'd accept.
It’s important to share your real struggles, support and fundings once you find success, or it gives a distorted and false impression to those struggling without any resources. There shouldn’t be a stigma attached to getting help from parents and spouses.
It’s imperative to have transparency about money and understand that in any structure of privilege, the people at the top have to take into account what it means to people below them, who are struggling with meagre resources or a network of supporters.
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