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Old 11-22-2012, 02:52 AM
 
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I wanted to know if any of you live near or pass by daily a shanty town/tent city in your community? Do you know someone affected by the economic situation that has left him or her relegated to living in a shanty town/tent city?

I recently read an article about homelessness and "tent cities" in the US, and did some research about the topic. Seems that shanty towns/tent cities have increased in several cities, and are reminiscent of the Hoovervilles present in the 1930's. This was surprising and saddening. I understand that today's modern tent cities are quite different from the shanty towns of yore, as well as shanty towns abroad in poorer countries; however, the fact remains that they are no places to live and the homeless/"new poor" want to leave them.

General article about "tent cities" I encountered: Homeless in Tent City, USA

Today news clip about a shanty town: Shanty Town Sacramento California - YouTube

Today follow-up clip about awareness of shanty town: Sacramento gets its own shantytown - DailyFinance
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:07 PM
 
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These tent cities have formed in a lot of places. But cities have generally rushed to tear them down, as Sacramento did. LA had a famous, city-sanctioned tent city on the eastern edge of Downtown LA, but it was set up as a time limited site. What I see a lot more of, at least in California cities like Oakland, San Francisco and San Diego, are small clumps of people living in out of the way, undesirable locations like under freeway overpasses. They're not passes people would choose to live.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:11 AM
 
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Columbia, SC has had a homeless camp / tent city by the edge of the river (near the zoo) for years. Wouldn't call it a true tent city as it isn't large enough, but it is definitely a long term camp for the homeless.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:09 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We have one in Seattle, it's named after the previous Mayor. They had a problem last week with 1-2' of water flooding it after a heavy rainstorm.

Welcome to Nickelsville
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Portland's Dignity Village homeless camp set to get another year, at least, on city land | OregonLive.com

On November 14 permission was extend to anther three years.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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These tent cities have formed in a lot of places. But cities have generally rushed to tear them down, as Sacramento did. LA had a famous, city-sanctioned tent city on the eastern edge of Downtown LA, but it was set up as a time limited site. What I see a lot more of, at least in California cities like Oakland, San Francisco and San Diego, are small clumps of people living in out of the way, undesirable locations like under freeway overpasses. They're not passes people would choose to live.
Used to(or still does) happen in Miami. This was highlighted at the beginning of Scarface when the refugee camp in Miami that Tony and Manollo were in, was under an Miami overpass. With gates, tents, and all the fixings.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I have noticed former Tourist RV and Tent campgrounds are filling with long term RV camper trailers. These places are a form of zoning free long term house trailer villages except the trailers are actually movable. This area simply does not have any place for lower wage working people. Does anywhere in our country have places for nearly impoverished workers? Did it ever?
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:44 PM
 
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I have noticed former Tourist RV and Tent campgrounds are filling with long term RV camper trailers. These places are a form of zoning free long term house trailer villages except the trailers are actually movable. This area simply does not have any place for lower wage working people. Does anywhere in our country have places for nearly impoverished workers? Did it ever?
I'm no expert, but I always felt near train tracks on empty urban lots, or on the outskirts of towns near tracks. Maybe abandoned/vacant slums, much like squatters would be an equivalent? Unlike favelas and the such, I can't think of similar neighborhoods that you refer to.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:40 PM
 
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Belle Glade, FLA
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