To many people the American dream conjures images of homes with a car in every garage and a chicken in every pot. Owning your own home was the cornerstone of success in this country and the foundation for what many consider a ‘normal’ life. The challenge of making that dream a reality in 2016 depends largely on where you live. Out Of Reach, a program form from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, takes a look at rent affordability across the country. The map below shows the average minimum hourly wage required by someone working at least 40 hours a week to rent a 2-bedroom home or apartment without spending more than 30% of their income.
A Princeton PhD, was a U.S. diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Central/Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. After leaving the State Department in order to express opposition to the planned invasion of Iraq, he taught courses at Georgetown University pertaining to the tension between propaganda and public diplomacy. For many years he shared ideas on the theme "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" with Eurasian/European delegates participating in the "Open World" program.
Brown’s articles have appeared in numerous publications. A recent piece is “Janus-Faced Public Diplomacy: Creel and Lippmann During the Great War” (published in Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future; now online).
He is the author (with S. Grant) of The Russian Empire and the USSR: A Guide to Manuscripts and Archival Materials in the United States (also online). In the past century, he served as an editor/translator of a joint U.S.-Soviet publication, The Establishment of Russian-American Relations, 1765-1815.