Alyssa Katz writes about civic affairs for Mother Jones, New York, The American Prospect and other publications and works as an editorial consultant for the Pratt Center for Community Development. She was formerly editor of City Limits, a groundbreaking and award-winning news and policy magazine covering New York City's neighborhoods and the forces that shape them. Prof. Katz was previously a freelance writer on social issues, technology, culture and other topics for Spin, Metropolis, Newsday, Salon, The Nation and The Village Voice. Alyssa has also been an editor at Spin, The Village Voice and Entertainment Weekly. Her book about the origins and consequences of the housing boom, "Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us," was published by Bloomsbury in 2009. She was recently appointed as the Jack Newfield Visiting Professor of Journalism for Spring 2011 at Hunter College.