Goucher College alumnus speaks on American housing crisis

 

"Paul Reyes, author of "Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession," discusses his book's development in Buchner Hall at Goucher College Tuesday, February 8, 2011."

Last Tuesday night was one of those moments when academics and athletics collided for me. I had a late night tennis practice off campus, so I was only able to stay for the first ten minutes of Paul Reyes‘ lecture on the American housing crisis and snap a few quick photographs.

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Because I had to leave so early, I don’t have many thoughts on what he had to say about the state of housing itself.

What I did pick up on was how his career as a journalist influenced the production of his book. He mentioned that although he had no formal education in economics or real estate prior to writing his book, his regular reporting and speaking with people in Florida affected by foreclosures gave him a more personalized angle.

I don’t know much about literary journalism, but it was interesting to hear how a journalist can mold lots of pieces of information together into one cohesive body of work.

The Baltimore Marathon/Costume Parade

I went to the home of Rebecca and Christopher Bruce, who both graduated from Goucher College in 1992, last Sunday. Their row house on Guilford Avenue in Charles Village sits right along the 23rd mile of the course for the annual Baltimore Marathon.

Several Goucher alumnae/i were running in the marathon, so the Bruce family invited neighbors, friends, and other Goucher students and alumnae/i over to cheer those runners on.

I got some great shots of my fellow Goucher people, but I couldn’t help but snap photographs of the ridiculous costumes that many of the people had on.

I can’t imagine running 26.2 miles, let alone in a Mario outfit or a skin tight, one piece, green spandex suit.