No, this isn’t a new political slogan. A common theme of apartment advertisements, especially those in glass box buildings (which are many of the new buildings on the market in D.C.), is a couple, who is usually too young to actually afford that apartment, gazing meaningfully out at the view, sometimes on a balcony, sometimes not. Staring out into space strikes me as really boring after fifteen minutes tops, but each to his or her own.
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Yes, this apartment actually comes with places to put books. I never see in any of these ads a serious book collection–which the target audience certainly could afford. There might be some books as decorative objects, but a collection of books, that might have been read? NEVAR.
Kidding aside, this does reflect an admittedly very slight problem in the housing market. No, it’s not the absence of bookshelves. Many of these apartments really aren’t designed for people with stuff, books or otherwise. It’s not clear the architects ever take into account having to store things. These apartments often seem to be ‘idealized apartments’ designed by people who don’t live in apartments. Ceiling to floor windows are nice (I’ve lived in apartments with them), but when there’s no wall space for shelving, that’s a problem (or you just put the shelves in front of the ceiling-to-floor windows, negating the whole point).
Anyway, books are good.