Other stories by Pierre%20Villere

  • Shoulder to the Wheel

    Leaders have no choice but to reach agreement on the Fiscal Cliff.

  • On the Upswing

    I have spent the last couple of columns talking about the mistakes we made in the last boom, and how to avoid them as we stand on the edge of the recovery. But while we weren’t looking the last several weeks, the housing market has apparently had an upswing, and is showing signs of recovery...

  • An Update on Housing

    The recovery will occur state by state, town by town, and neighborhood by neighborhood.

  • The Emperor's New Clothes

    Here are three lessons the recession has taught us.

  • I Hate it When i'm Wrong

    The housing collapse's serverity and recession escaped many forecasters.

  • Tough to Hear

    Despite a brutal market, the largest producers are solidly profitable.

  • Housing: How Bad for How Long?

    Psyches must heal before housing makes a comeback.

  • A Leaner, Meaner Concrete Industry

    Debt, housing, and unemployment must improve for a recovery to take hold.

  • Can You Spare a Dime?

    Producers with strong balance sheets can secure loans.

  • M&A on the Mend

    Mergers and acquisitions have slowed with the economy, but have not entirely gone away.