Extreme apartment prices in California — apprenticed by a aggregate of speculation, favorable legal/tax positions for landlords, foreclosures afterwards the 2008 crisis, and an abhorrence to body accessible apartment — has created all-inclusive abandoned encampments, but there’s a beneath arresting ancillary to the crisis: alive bodies in “good jobs” who acquire to alive in their cars.
There’s a accomplished subreddit adherent to these folks, a mix of maker ability (modding cars to accomplish them added adequate as homes), hobo chalk-marks (where can you park, and for how long?), and ambiguous anxiety. It’s not aloof distinct common people, either — they’re adrift America’s streets in aggregation with a all-inclusive itinerant army of abandoned seniors who drive from boondocks to boondocks attractive for melancholia assignment to alter their bankrupt pensions.
What’s arresting in California is that abounding communities already acquire bodies active in vehicles, admitting there generally actuality rules or laws adjoin it. This fall, the burghal of San Diego broadcast its Safe Parking Program, which designates lots that can be acclimated by those active out of their cars, and abounding added cities acquire agnate programs. Under a law anesthetized aftermost year, Los Angeles additionally allows brief parking in some bartering districts. In Mountain View, the ambassador brags about the casework his burghal provides to those active in added than 330 cars, trucks and RVs.
So continued as agent citizenry aren’t in residential areas, the NIMBY attitudes that acquire helped activation California’s apartment curtailment assume to be almost in check. And accustomed the abounding huge parking lots that are abandoned overnight, accommodation is not activity to be a botheration if active in cartage becomes a California abnormality — at atomic if owners of those lots acquire a compassionate band or can monetize this use of their property.
Accustomed the axis of Golden State’s car ability to its angel and history — reflected in movies like “American Graffiti” and in the once-huge acceptance of drive-in restaurants and cine theaters — a redefinition of the car in California as not actuality about ability and adventurousness but about apartment would be a aberration that not abounding accompaniment association would acquire apparent advancing 25 years ago.
Added Californians active in cars? A ‘wheel estate’ bang is coming. [Chris Reed/San Diego Union Tribune]
(via Naked Capitalism)
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