Informality Comes Home…

…Except it never left. Just a quick observation. I’ll copy-paste and modify a bit of what I just put up on Archinect, because it’s been a recent interest area on this blog. The NYTimes reports on the surge of what they’re calling “Shanty Towns” (aka “Hoovervilles”) or as the reporter says: “illegal encampments of homeless people that are reminiscent, on a far smaller scale, of Depression-era shanty towns”. It’s interesting to note how the crisis mode of thinking nevertheless still draws that traditional border between informality or informal housing ‘over there’, somewhere south of the border or across an ocean, and “homelessness” over here in the good ol’ homeland. Or…Slum dwellers there, homeless people here. More from this blog

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