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Worst of McMansions: architectural criticism of inequality's most tangible evidence

Between the Reagan years and the crash of 2008, developers absorbed the skyrocketing wealth of the 1% with monuments to bad taste and ostentation: the McMansion. On “Worst of McMansions,” an anonymous architecture critic scrapes Zillow listings for these monster homes and ruthlessly marks them up, explaining exactly what makes them so ghastly. Perhaps more entertaining is the back-and-forth with readers, some of …