The booming housing market has been a bright spot for a U.S. economy shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite mounting job losses and bankruptcies in industries battered by social distancing, home sales have been on fire across the U.S., with Americans racing to gobble up larger properties in the suburbs, with room for remote school and home offices.
This story begins with a wooden table. My grandfather Sidney Howard, a playwright and
screenwriter, needed a new desk and hired a local carpenter to make one for him. The dimensions, four feet wide and seven feet long, were odd but practical: The large surface was perfect for laying out pages and scenes after he finished typing them.