Despite the name ‘Hoovervilles,’ these Depression-era shantytowns persisted long after Herbert Hoover left office.
In fact, they remained in place during the FDR administration up to the eve of the Second World War. So much for FDR’s alphabet soup of ‘stimulus programs.’
Uploaded on Jan 10, 2009 by Xorou
Life in the Great Depression: Hoovervilles.
Music: “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” -Bing Crosby
Uploaded on Sep 21, 2011 by atzyb
contains pictures of hoovervilles and people who lived there…History project
The Great Depression – now in living color!
Uploaded on Dec 24, 2011 by liarpoliticians
Tent “cities” are springing up and enlarging across the USA as more are forced out of homes by the crooked bankers, as they receive corporate welfare from the government to carry on defrauding taxpayers. Meanwhile politicians like President Obama look on as he gives bankers money.
Recorded from Sky News, 23 December 2011.
In a CBS-TV report from New York, anchor Maurice Dubois introduced a piece about the burgeoning tiny new homes movement this way:
For generations American home buyers have dreamed of living large; well now, in many a crowded metropolitan area, people are downsizing their dreams and learning that living well doesn’t always require a whole lot of room.
This is followed by the cooing of tiny new homes buyers:
Oh my God, I would love this! It’s like 350 square feet!
My home will be 150 square feet!
Including the loft space? Maybe like 180, 200 square feet.
The voice-over continues: “These young professionals have turned this once vacant alley lot into a tiny home community, living small in a city that’s short on space.” One of the young “professionals” then intones he is “driven by a desire for financial freedom not financial necessity.”
Translation: young people can’t find jobs, have no money, and are tired of living in their parents’ basements, but can’t afford more than a small closet.
In Washington D.C., there is a neighborhood of 150- to 200-square-foot homes growing rapidly. One owner proudly referred to her “home” as a “little house in the alleyway.”
The movement was launched in 2000 by a California company called Tumbleweed Tiny House Co., whose owner lives in a home that is 89 square feet.
With Barack Obama refusing to face the federal deficit, it won’t be long until the doll houses girls used to play with are the real thing.
Welcome to my world!
Charles Kellogg’s 1917 motorhome made from a fallen redwood log
on a 4wd Nash Quad. Story here and here.
Look carefully and you’ll see that some of those mini-homes have wheels and appear to be built on trailer beds. That makes them DIY RVs rather than conventional houses. There’s nothing new about building your own house trailer or motorhome out of wood or other materials; this site shows instances going back to 1909!
While ‘RV’ is an abbreviation for ‘recreational vehicle,’ then as now, not everybody used them for vacationing. Having lived full-time in an RV for many years, I know a thing or two about that. As longtime readers of this blog are aware, I started out doing short-term IT projects in various cities; when that market dried up in 2008 due to outsourcing and the financial collapse, I ended up working in retail. The RV makes it possible to keep a roof over my head, although just barely, at least until I emigrate permanently.
On the whole, despite its drawbacks, the RV lifestyle is a good low-cost option for me, but I would not recommend it for everyone. There’s a big learning curve when it comes to maintaining all the systems that go into an RV. If you’re a DIYer, you get much of your education up front, but either way, it takes both research and practice to get the hang of making the RV lifestyle work for you.
More here…your mileage may vary:
- WaPo: Home, Squeezed Home: Living in a 200-square-foot space
- Go RVing
- Tumbleweed Tiny House Co.
- Boneyard Studios
- Tiny House Blog
- The Great Depression in Washington State: Hoovervilles and Homelessness
- A Hooverville in Central Park
- Lonely Conservative: Homelessness on the rise; liberal NYC hardest hit