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Mobile home parks, how they got here: Part 4, the financial blockage

19 April, 2007 (10:23) | Uncategorized |

[Continued from the previous Part 1, Part 2,and Part 3.]   The preceding three parts have brought us from the mobile home’s accidental invention as an acromegalic growth from the unassuming trailer into a full-fledged industry to build, produce, and market a unique form of affordable housing.  One leg, however, remained weak:   The industry, […]

Mobile home parks, how they got here: Part 3, the communities mature

18 April, 2007 (10:05) | Uncategorized |

[Continued from the previous Part 1 and Part 2.] So far we’ve witnessed the mobile home’s invention, and its impressive post-WW2 demand boom that led at its peak to the mobile home industry producing twice as much affordable housing annually as the Federal government. What was such living like? For a do-it-yourself snapshot, there’s an […]

Mobile home parks, how they got here: Part 2, Neither homes nor mobile

17 April, 2007 (09:52) | Uncategorized |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] In Part 1 we followed John Grissim’s Guide to Mobile Homes through the mobile home’s invention as the automobile’s stepchild through the end of World War II, and the surprising emergence of an unlikely champion, the mobile home manufacturers: The industry‚Äôs well-intentioned effort was generally successful, but in the post-war […]

Mobile home parks, how they got here: Part 1, before World War II

16 April, 2007 (11:40) | Uncategorized |

[Some previous posts on mobile homes may be found here: Attempt to rezone: Paradise Park, Highlands, New Jersey: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 Land worth $510 million!: Briny Breezes, Florida: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Gouging in space rent: Modesto, California: Part 1, Part 2 […]

Slums are a wealth-extraction machine

13 April, 2007 (10:42) | Uncategorized |

Even if a slum is eradicated, it almost always returns.  Why? Robert Mugabe’s solution: slow genocide by bulldozer   The answer lies not in architecture, not in demography, not in law, but in fundamental economics.  Yet because we are vision-oriented creatures, we imagine things first and foremost by what we see:   Structure not apparent, […]