Produced and directed for The Atlantic.
Produced for Bloomberg News.
Multi-episode series on innovative solutions to global problems, directed and produced for Bloomberg News.
Levittown, Pennsylvania, became famous in the 1950s for being one of America's first mass-produced suburb in the post-World War II era. Today, the neighborhoods may no longer be carbon copies of each other, but the allure and the difficulties of homeownership remain real. In this documentary produced by Katherine Wells for The Atlantic's American Dreams series, we get a snapshot of a realty company that buys Levittown homes from struggling homeowners. "Your home, for most people, is your biggest asset and it's where your heart is tied to," says Andrea, the property acquisition manager. "What I say to people is that [selling a home] is not the end. Take your memories with you, and it could be the beginning of another American dream."
Edited for The Atlantic.
Hugo Ortega crossed over the Mexican border and arrived in Houston, Texas, without documents and without knowing any English. Over the next few years, he would become a citizen through President Reagan's amnesty program and go from washing dishes to owning multiple restaurants. Now, he and his wife, Tracy Vaught—whom he met while working as a dishwasher in her restaurant in the 80's—are the "reigning powerhouse couple of Houston's competitive restaurant scene."