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Washer/ Dryers The New "Status Symbols"?

The Times wrote a piece declaring washer/dryers in apartments as the newest status symbols, keeping well to do New Yorkers from sullying their reputations by washing their garments with the hoi polloi. Even our good friend Jonathan Miller thinks that a washer/dryer can add 5% to an apartments asking price! That sounds pretty aggressive, but also is definitely not beyond the realm of belief. In fact, we agree. [NYT]