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Photos by Sean Smith/The Chautauquan Daily Washington Post reporter Megan McArdle is pictured speaking at the Chautauqua Institution.

CHAUTAUQUA — For Washington Post reporter Megan McArdle, a house doesn’t equal a house.

The reporter said the two words are not interchangeable where one can mean the other.

As part of the theme of “More Than Shelter: Redefining the American Home”, she told an audience in the amphitheater that there was a housing crisis, but there was a housing opportunity and that technology was opening new doors for Americans.

“We talk about housing, the abstract, but the houses in this specific case, you go looking for a house, but you find a house because a house is where people have stopped be stick figures and they start to be living individuals. So I think often our most important housing issues are actually housing issues and they’re not just about housing, but also about building places where people can thrive,” said the reporter.

She asked audience members to think about what they think are the differences between a house and a home.

For McArdle, thinking about a home meant thinking about family – the people who made that home safe, warm and peaceful.

With a house, she noted, do people think about technical issues, including the number of bedrooms? ; what should the electrical wiring look like? And how high should it be built?

“Everyone needs a place to shelter from the rain. And we have to figure out how to give it to them. But we must do much more than that. Because at the end of the day, we need a home. But we still all want something that is so much more important,” she says.

She said the reason America has the richest economy is because people from all over the world come to the United States. The cities became the main attraction because everything was centered in these places. But then the cities became too big and too expensive to live in. She gave the example of a Mississippi teacher lured or recruited to work in California. A teacher with a salary of $42,000 a year in Mississippi is better than a teacher salary of $80,000 in California. The reason is the cost of living.

“And a lot of your other expenses would go up. Your taxes would go up, (and) groceries would cost more. Everything costs more when you live in the city,” she added.

The only time it makes sense, she said, to live in a big city like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles or Washington, D.C. is when a person can’t work anywhere because their job specific is in a big city.

Between July 2020 and July 2021, the city of San Francisco lost 6.3% of its population. New York City lost 3.5% of its population while Washington and Boston lost 2.9% of their population.

Years ago, she added, people started moving to the suburbs and making at least an hour’s journey to the cities. Technology, she says, has changed that. With remote work, people can change routes and live further away from their place of work.

McArdle added that she thinks companies will adopt a hybrid model where the Marchetti constraint is less. The Marchetti constraint was developed by Italian physicist Cesare Marchetti who states a principle that workers will have an average of one hour of daily commuting time (half an hour each way), according to coadvantage.com. The website further stated that according to this principle, if a worker takes on a new job or if the circumstances of an existing job change to extend the necessary commute, workers will generally make adjustments to their personal lives until what they spend again about an hour ride. each day.

“Let’s not think about it on a daily basis. Think of it as on a weekly basis. If I commuted one hour a day, five days a week, (now) maybe I would be willing to commute two hours a day two days a week,” she says.

So this scenario, she said, allows people to go further and allows them to have less congestion on the roads, and it allows other people to go further and both, speeds up journeys and allows people to further away.

According to assembly.chq.org, McArdle is a journalist, columnist and blogger who currently writes for the Washington Post on economics, finance and government policy. In a career that spans 20 years and multiple outlets, McArdle has written extensively on the economy and housing – from housing booms and busts to housing shortages and crises, from market trends to even question of “Why buy a house? » McArdle began his career writing the blog “Live from the WTC” in November 2001, following his employment with a construction company involved in the cleanup of the World Trade Center site after 9/11. In 2022, she renamed the site “Asymmetric Information”. In 2003 McArdle was hired by The Economist, where in 2006 she launched the store “Free Exchange” Blog. She became a full-time blogger at The Atlantic in 2007 with her blog “Asymmetric Information” and became the magazine’s business and economics editor in 2010. After leaving The Atlantic in 2012, she worked for Newsweek/The Daily Beast and then Bloomberg View, where she worked until joining the team Washington Post opinion piece in 2018. The author of The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success, McArdle was also a Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow at New America. McArdle earned his BA in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

“The location of our home also determines a bunch of other things – where our kids will go to school, where we vote or go to church, even who our friends will be. It’s where we shop and how we get to work. It’s the last thing we look at before going to bed at night. I don’t mean housing is everything, but damn it, it’s the backbone of almost everything that matters.



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