Hoover refused to take legislative action to deal with the crisis
because he believed it would make people more reliant on the
government. Instead he tried to encourage public-private partnerships,
which failed miserably. Secretary Mellon had the highest tax rate
reduced from 77 to 25 percent, reduced the estate tax, and cut
government agency budgets to "improve efficiency in government." Do
those policies remind you of a certain party's recommended solutions to
the current economic crisis?
cities' of homeless on
the rise across the US
Homeless encampments dubbed "tent cities" are springing up across the
US, partly in response to soaring numbers of home repossessions, the
credit crunch and rising unemployment, according to a report.
Nearly 61 per cent of local and state homeless organisations say they
have witnessed an increase in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis
began in 2007, the Washington DC-based National Coalition for the
Homeless study says.
And the problem has intensified since the report was produced in April,
along with rising repossessions, soaring energy and food prices and job
losses, the group says.
"It's clear that poverty and homelessness have increased," Michael
Stoops, acting executive director of the coalition, said.
economy is in chaos,
we're in an unofficial recession and Americans are worried, from the
homeless to the middle class, about their future."
Homeless groups and government agencies from Seattle, in Washington
state, to Athens in Georgia, report the most visible increase in
homeless encampments in a generation.
"What you're seeing is encampments that I haven't seen since the '80s,"
said Paul Boden, executive director of the Western Regional Advocacy
Project, an umbrella group of homeless groups in west coast cities.
In Reno, Nevada, the state with the nation's highest repossessions
rate, a tent city recently sprung up on the city's outskirts and
quickly filled up with about 150 people. Many, such as Sylvia Flynn,
51, who came from northern California, ended up homeless after losing
their jobs and home.
Officials say they do not know how many homeless the city has. "But we
do know that the soup kitchens are serving hundreds more meals a day
and that we have more people who are homeless than we can remember,"
Jodi Royal-Goodwin, the city's redevelopment agency director, said.
In California, the upmarket city of Santa Barbara is housing homeless
people who live in their cars in city car parks while Fresno, has
several tent cities. Others have sprung up in Portland in Oregon, and
Seattle, where homeless activists have set up mock tent cities at city
hall to draw attention to the problem.
Meanwhile, new encampments have appeared, or existing ones grown, in
San Diego, Chattanooga in Tennessee, and Columbus, Ohio.
A recent report by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development
noted a 12 per cent drop in homelessness across the nation, but the
latest figures – from 2007 – predates the current
and economic crisis.
I reckon that most Americans rarely look beyond the filtered and spun
version of reality presented to them by the U.S. media to see how the
rest of the world views us.
If they did, they might be left with more than a few doubts about
whether they still live in “the greatest country on
In fact, I reckon that the following report from Britain’s
Mail, “Pictured: The Credit Crunch Tent City Which Has
to Haunt America,” would probably leave some wondering what
planet they were on.
A century and a half ago it was at the centre of the Californian gold
rush, with hopeful prospectors pitching their tents along the banks of
the American River.
Today, tents are once again springing up in the city of Sacramento. But
this time it is for people with no hope and no prospects.
With America’s economy in freefall and its housing market in
crisis, California’s state capital has become home to a
city for the dispossessed.
Rich and poor: The tents and other makeshift homes have sprung up in
the shadow of Sacramento’s skyscrapers
Shanty town: The tent city is already home to dozens of people, many
left without jobs because of the credit crunch
Those who have lost their jobs and homes and have nowhere else to go
are constructing makeshift shelters on the site, which covers several
As many as 50 people a week are turning up and the authorities estimate
that the tent city is now home to more than 1,200 people.
In a state more known for its fantastic wealth and the glitz and
glamour of Hollywood, the images have shocked many Americans.
Conditions are primitive, with no water supply or proper sanitation.
Many residents have to walk up to three miles to buy bottled water from
petrol stations or convenience stores
Ben Cardwell, carries supplies to his tent at a homeless settlement
Tammy Day, a homeless woman, cooks potatoes on a campfire at the site
At other times, charity workers arrive to hand out free food and other
Joan Burke, who campaigns on behalf of the homeless, said the images of
Americans living in tents would shock many.
‘It should be an eye- opener for everybody,’ she
‘But we shouldn’t just be shocked, we should take
change things, because it’s unacceptable.
‘It is unacceptable that in this day and age we have gone
a situation like we had during the Great Depression.’
Authorities in Sacramento, where Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has his
admit the sight of families living in such poverty is not pretty.
But faced with their own budget crisis and a £30billion
they have had little choice but to consider making the tent city a
The city’s mayor Kevin Johnson said: ‘I
tent cities are the answer to the homeless population in Sacramento,
but I think it’s one of the many things that should be
and looked at.
Shanty towns sprung up during the Great Depression as people lost their
jobs and homes
Migrant Mother: Dorothea Lange’s famous photograph from the
Depression features Florence Owens Thompson, 32, a mother-of-three who
had just sold the family’s tent to buy food
As America’s most powerful state California had the same
domestic output as Italy and Spain, but it has been among the hardest
hit by the recession and housing crisis.
Foreclosure rates last year rocketed by 327 per cent, with up to 500
people a day losing their home.
Coupled with massive job cuts that have seen one in ten workers laid
off, many people who once enjoyed a middle class existence are now
forced into third world conditions.
Former car salesman Corvin and his wife Tena are among the newest
residents of the tent city.
Tent city residents queue up to receive supplies handed out by a local
The couple, who are in their fifties, lost their home and jobs around
the same time.
With homeless shelters full in Sacramento, they had little choice but
to use what savings they had left to buy a tent.
The couple admit they have yet to tell their grown-up children about
their hand-to-mouth existence.
Tena said: ‘I have a 35-year-old son, and he
I call him, about once a month and on holidays, to let him know that
I’m well and healthy.
‘He would love me anyway, but I don’t want to worry
Sacramento’s tent city was given a much wider airing after it
featured on the Oprah Winfrey show which is watched by more than
40million people a week.
Many of those who have found themselves homeless worked in the building
But with no new home builds and as many as 80,000 people losing their
job every month, there is little chance of employment. Governor
Schwarzenegger last month approved a budget to address the
state’s deficit, ending a three-month stalemate among
As well as increasing taxes, he has imposed drastic cuts in education,
healthcare and services that will affect everyone living in the state.
Many of those living in the tent city are pinning their hopes on
President Obama’s $787billion stimulus package which is aimed
rescuing the economy and creating jobs.
The President has also announced plans to save the homes of nine
million people from foreclosure by restructuring their mortgage debt.
Tent Cities of Middleclass
Families Mushroom in US and Canada
The US recession began as a crisis of homeowners defaulting on
mortgages and now spreads to every part of the economy. Around 650,000
Americans' jobs were lost in February, and unemployment climbed to a
25-year peak of 8.1 per cent.
That's more than the population of the state of Pennsylvania. And this
rapid poverty-epidemic is spreading just as fast into Canada. Both
countries also have the largest number of top-educated people on the
planet put together. Yet half of American families now are only two
paychecks away from homelessness and starvation.
The result is a proliferation of tent cities, from Sacramento, to
Florida and even Edmonton, in Alberta Canada. California, with its
milder weather, has always attracted its fair share of people living on
the streets and empty lots.
But the Golden State is now being hit hard by the recession. In
February it had the highest number of repossession filings - 80,775 -
of anywhere in the US, up 51 per cent in a year according to the
website RealtyTrac. Auction sale notices almost tripled to 18,831.
Thousands of families now are out on the streets, with no place to go,
and find themselves setting up tents wherever they won't get chased off
in a hurry - empty parking lots, public parks, beaches.
See this tent city which arose in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: -- the
authorities fenced it in and were planning to move these people 'out of
sight' - however where can these people go, who will feed the children,
where can they go to school? see
In Los Angeles alone, some 60,000 houses were repossessed - and
families now are living out in the streets, in tent cities, reports the
BBC. (see video above).
Especially top-educated, middleclass American families have become poor
so rapidly that it's a full-time job just keeping up with all the
tent-cities which are mushrooming all across the United States as these
families take their camping equipment and turn them into permanent
homes - where-ever they can find an empty spot.
Also see the tent city in Ontario, California here and the shanty town
in Miami, Florida here There are dozens of YouTube movies of these tent
cities, and new ones added each day.
A particularly vicious incident happened in St. Petersburg, where
Florida resident Tiny May filmed police officers with box-cutters, who
showed up and proceeded to carve up these families' only roofs over
The cops slashed their tents to the ground as residents watched in
Right now, all these hundreds of thousands of homeless people still are
reasonably well-fed and healthy. Two more months of this lifestyle, and
the rib-cages will start showing. I've
seen it all before --
all over Africa.
Hard Times, Tent Cities
Rise Across the Country (USA)
Since foreclosure mess, homeless advocates report rise in encampments
Homeless encampments are springing up around the country, including
this one next to the homeless shelter in downtown Reno, Nevada.
RENO, Nev. - A few tents cropped up hard by the railroad tracks,
pitched by men left with nowhere to go once the emergency winter
shelter closed for the summer.
Then others appeared — people who had lost their jobs to the
ailing economy, or newcomers who had moved to Reno for work and
discovered no one was hiring.
Within weeks, more than 150 people were living in tents big and small,
barely a foot apart in a patch of dirt slated to be a parking lot for a
campus of shelters Reno is building for its homeless population. Like
many other cities, Reno has found itself with a "tent city" —
encampment of people who had nowhere else to go.
From Seattle to Athens, Ga., homeless advocacy groups and city agencies
are reporting the most visible rise in homeless encampments in a
Nearly 61 percent of local and state homeless coalitions say they've
experienced a rise in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis began
in 2007, according to a report by the National Coalition for the
Homeless. The group says the problem has worsened since the report's
release in April, with foreclosures mounting, gas and food prices
rising and the job market tightening.
"It's clear that poverty and homelessness have increased," said Michael
Stoops, acting executive director of the coalition. "The economy is in
chaos, we're in an unofficial recession and Americans are worried, from
the homeless to the middle class, about their future."
Caught by surprise
The phenomenon of encampments has caught advocacy groups somewhat by
surprise, largely because of how quickly they have sprung up.
"What you're seeing is encampments that I haven't seen since the 80s,"
said Paul Boden, executive director of the Western Regional Advocacy
Project, an umbrella group for homeless advocacy organizations in Los
Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Calif., Portland, Ore. and Seattle.
The relatively tony city of Santa Barbara has given over a parking lot
to people who sleep in cars and vans.
The city of Fresno, Calif., is trying to manage several proliferating
tent cities, including an encampment where people have made shelters
out of scrap wood.
In Portland, Ore., and Seattle, homeless advocacy groups have paired
with nonprofits or faith-based groups to manage tent cities as outdoor
Other cities where tent cities have either appeared or expanded include
include Chattanooga, Tenn., San Diego, and Columbus, Ohio.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently reported a 12
percent drop in homelessness nationally in two years, from about
754,000 in January 2005 to 666,000 in January 2007. But the 2007
numbers omitted people who previously had been considered homeless
— such as those staying with relatives or friends or living
campgrounds or motel rooms for more than a week.
In addition, the housing and economic crisis began soon after HUD's
most recent data was compiled.
"The data predates the housing crisis," said Brian Sullivan, a
spokesman for HUD. "From the headlines, it might appear that the report
is about yesterday. How is the housing situation affecting
homelessness? That's a great question. We're still trying to get to
In Seattle, which is experiencing a building boom and an influx of
affluent professionals in neighborhoods the working class once owned,
homeless encampments have been springing up — in remote
avoid police sweeps.
Tourists vacationing in Miami have a disturbing addition to their view
of the beach: a growing population of convicted sex offenders have been
residing under the Julia Tuttle Causeway. With over 60 offenders living
in the tiny space, the community is now spilling out into plain view.
Forced by law from living anywhere near congregations of children, they
were actually encouraged by the city to live under the highway.
Interestingly, for those who follow the court’s offer to live
under the bridge, they find a close knit and remarkably civilized
community. There is a village of shacks made from driftwood, thatch,
and scavenged junk furnished with twin beds, sofas, DVD players,
TV’s, and microwaves and each week everyone pays $2 to fuel
camp’s generator. There’s even an enforced 10pm
addition, many members care for each other and respect each
other’s personal space, especially after a woman joined their
But tent cities are not only for criminals, drug addicts and the
chronically homeless. Although numbers vary in different communities,
increasing numbers of former lower-middle class workers who have lost
their jobs and homes are erecting tent cities across the country. In
Sacramento where there are 1,200 homeless throughout the city, Loaves
and Fishes provides the homeless with a place to stay, meals and help
getting them back on their feet. But such charities have seen their
shelters overwhelmed and have been building tent cities in nearby
church parking lots.
Dignity Village in Portland Oregon is perhaps the most sophisticated
tent city, complete with all the signs of civilization, including 50
permanent wooden structures, city council, curfew, and even recycling.
But other tent cities, such as New Jack City and Taco Flats in Fresno,
CA, are notoriously violent, and drug riddled. Since the homeless are
for the most part nomadic, quantifying the “newly”
is difficult and the support they can hope to find varies widely.
Former truck drivers and electricians, unable to find work, have also
taken residence under a freeway bridge in Fresno, California. According
to Michael Stoops, the executive Director of the National Coalition for
the Homeless “these are able-bodied folks that did day labor,
minimum wage or better, who were previously able to house themselves
based on their incomes.” In Pinellas county, Florida Jim
Marshall, a former Detroit autoworker, now homeless, confessed he was
terrified his first couple nights being homeless: “Where am I
going to sleep tonight? Where do I eat? Where do I shower? “
Homelessness cannot be summed up in a single statement because it is a
symptom with many causes. But this diverse segment of society, haunted
by daily questions about where they can live, have shown great strength
and intelligence in forming their own structured communities. In order
to meet the needs of the homeless, their individual stories must be
heard and understood. Joan Burke, advocacy director for Loaves and
Fishes, said to reporters flocking to get coverage on the new homeless
resulting from the recession, “Why do we care so much for
who suffer for a short time versus those who suffer for a long time?
What is that about?”Sosa, one of the many dogs living in Tent
City, watches over the tent home of Cowboy, his owner. Cowboy has been
in Tent City in Nashville, Tennessee for five years.
Several paths and trails surround and intermingle through the
encampments. Different camps are spread throughout the area along the
Cumberland River next to the rail tracks. Here, BJ (left) and Rick make
their way back to their camp to start a fire before nightfall.
Like a lot of their neighbors, Brandon met his significant other while
living in a homeless shelter in Nashville. The couple says the camp has
more of a home feel to it than any shelter they ever lived in
Colby Green, 41, took his step-daughter, Anastasia, 12, right, to the
tent city to fish. Cowboy (left) stopped them along their way back to
the rail road tracks to tell them when the fishing was good around the
Rick Cole and Theresa Gordon share a kiss while they have company over
to their camp
Mark May, 47, broke his back and both of his arms during a work-related
accident. When he left the hospital, he came here with no money and no
place to stay. Theresa Gordon and Rick Cole offered him a place to stay
and since then he has been contributing whatever he can. Sometimes that
involves going to market dumpsters to retrieve discarded produce and
any other foods
Camp fires are used for cooking, bug repellent, and, of course,
heating. Ted, who’s been at the camp for two years, warms his
Jerry Mackey, 43, came to camps after being the victim of violence and
theft at one of the crowded Nashville shelters. “I was tired
getting spit on everywhere I went, here they took me in and gave me a
place to lay my head,” said Mackey
One of the services provided to the people who live in the camps along
the river is a food and goods truck that comes a few times a week. The
trucks come with food, water, and other necessities like a fresh pair
Jerry Mackey and his new girlfriend, “Little Bit,”
are a good match for each other because neither really had a place to
call their own. Recently the couple moved into a tent given to them by
Rick “Papa Smurf” Cole didn’t know what
when he first arrived to the camps. After a short while he and his
girlfriend took comfort in calling Tent City a home. “I
don’t think I ever want to live in a house again, I feel
comfortable here,” said Cole
Despite Jerry Mackey’s financial and health problems, he says
is happy where he is in life. He says the people in the camps made him
change his negative attitude into a positive one. Here, Jerry takes in
the sunset along the Cumberland River and waits for the skyline of
Nashville to light up. “Beautiful place, isn’t
All Charges Dropped Against Tent City Ten in New York City
Picture the Homeless
At 100 Centre Street this morning, all charges were dropped against the
Tent City Ten -- homeless/community activists arrested in Picture the
Homeless's July action liberating land & fighting for housing
It seems like neither the public sector nor the private sector entities
concerned wanted to push it with PTH and the movement we are part of --
from July through October, thanks to all of you for supporting the ten
arrestees, and participating in the housing justice movement.
The Tent City Ten and everyone at PTH say: Onward! Stay tuned, be in
touch... Love, PTH
Youtube has a “mini-documentary” on Tent City IV
more a melange of images than a real story, but it’s a good
to see what a typical encampment looks like and hear some voices from
And here’s a post from a blogger’s visit to Tent
City IV in
Kirkland last November. It’s a comprehensive post, with
interviews with two residents and the all-important first-hand
impressions: “The place seemed safe and organized.”
There’s also a good summary of homeless data from King County
an extensive list of sources.
Finally, there’s a good NPR piece on Tent City 4 that you can
find in an earlier post. the comments on that post- there have been
many- show the healthy ongoing debate on Tent City 4 moving to our
Picture The Homeless Tent City - Part 1: Case Study
FRESNO, Calif. — As the operations manager of an outreach
for the homeless here, Paul Stack is used to seeing people down on
their luck. What he had never seen before was people living in tents
and lean-tos on the railroad lot across from the center.
They just popped up about 18 months ago,” Mr. Stack said.
“One day it was empty. The next day, there were people living
Like a dozen or so other cities across the nation, Fresno is dealing
with an unhappy déjà vu: the arrival of
Hoovervilles, illegal encampments of homeless people that are
reminiscent, on a far smaller scale, of Depression-era shantytowns. At
his news conference on Tuesday night, President Obama was asked
directly about the tent cities and responded by saying that it was
“not acceptable for children and families to be without a
over their heads in a country as wealthy as ours.”
While encampments and street living have always been a part of the
landscape in big cities like Los Angeles and New York, these new tent
cities have taken root — or grown from smaller enclaves of
homeless as more people lose jobs and housing — in such
places as Nashville, Olympia, Wash., and St. Petersburg, Fla.
In Seattle, homeless residents in the city’s 100-person
encampment call it Nickelsville, an unflattering reference to the
mayor, Greg Nickels. A tent city in Sacramento prompted Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger to announce a plan Wednesday to shift the entire
125-person encampment to a nearby fairground. That came after a recent
visit by “The Oprah Winfrey Show” set off such a
stampede that some fed-up homeless people complained of overexposure
and said they just wanted to be left alone.
The problem in Fresno is different in that it is both chronic and
largely outside the national limelight. Homelessness here has long been
fed by the ups and downs in seasonal and subsistence jobs in
agriculture, but now the recession has cast a wider net and drawn in
hundreds of the newly homeless — from hitchhikers to truck
drivers to electricians.
“These are able-bodied folks that did day labor, at minimum
or better, who were previously able to house themselves based on their
income,” said Michael Stoops, the executive director of the
National Coalition for the Homeless, an advocacy group based in
The surging number of homeless people in Fresno, a city of 500,000
people, has been a surprise. City officials say they have three major
encampments near downtown and smaller settlements along two highways.
All told, as many 2,000 people are homeless here, according to Gregory
Barfield, the city’s homeless prevention and policy manager,
said that drug use, prostitution and violence were all too common in
“That’s all part of that underground
Barfield said. “It’s what happens when a person is
He said the city planned to begin “triage” on the
encampments in the next several weeks, to determine how many people
needed services and permanent housing. “We’re
like any other disaster area,” Mr. Barfield said.
Mr. Barfield took over his newly created position in January, after the
county and city adopted a 10-year plan to address homelessness. A
class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of homeless people against the
city and the California Department of Transportation led to a $2.35
million settlement in 2008, making money available to about 350
residents who had had their belongings discarded in sweeps by the city.
The growing encampments led the city to place portable toilets and
security guards near one area known as New Jack City, named after a
dark and drug-filled 1991 movie. But that just attracted more homeless
“It was just kind of an invitation to move in,”
said Mr. Stack, the outreach center manager.
On a recent afternoon, nobody seemed thrilled to be living in New Jack
City, a filthy collection of rain- and wind-battered tents in a
garbage-strewn lot. Several weary-looking residents sat on decaying
sofas as a pair of pit bulls chained to a fence howled.
Northwest of New Jack City sits a somewhat less grim encampment. It is
sometimes called Taco Flats or Little Tijuana because of the large
number of Latino residents, many of whom were drawn to Fresno on the
promise of agricultural jobs, which have dried up in the face of the
poor economy and a three-year drought.
Guillermo Flores, 32, said he had looked for work in the fields and in
fast food, but had found nothing. For the last eight months, he has
collected cans, recycling them for $5 to $10 a day, and lived in a
hand-built, three-room shack, a home that he takes pride in, with a
door, clean sheets on his bed and a bowl full of fresh apples in his
propane-powered kitchen area.
“I just built it because I need it,” said Mr.
Flores, as he
cooked a dinner of chili peppers, eggs and onions over a fire.
“The only problem I have is the spiders.”
SEATTLE, Washington (CNN) -- The homeless men and women shuffle across
the frozen ground of the tent camp and surround a steel drum burning
wood. They use the flames to cook food and to stay warm
The tents they live in are small, covered by tarps and plastic sheeting
to keep water out. Several tents are collapsed under the weight of a
For Bruce Beavers, however, this camp is just about the best place in
the world he could be living right now.
"This is a place for people who lose their jobs, lose their houses, to
have some kind of structure and for them to get back out in the world,"
Set up in the parking lot of a church near Seattle, Washington, the
camp houses anywhere from 50 to 100 homeless people each day.
Residents call it Nickelsville. The name takes a page from the infamous
"Hooverville" shantytowns of the Great Depression that were named for a
president many thought did not care about their economic hardships.Some
residents here say they blame Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and a system
they believe makes it difficult to escape homelessness.
"In shelters, if you don't get there in time enough, you don't have
your bed no more 'cause there are so many people trying to rush in to
get it," Beavers says. "Got a lotta people losing their homes. You
don't want to go all the way to the bottom. Nickelsville is kind of a
catch in between."
Like many of the other Nickelodeons -- as the people who share this
church parking lot call themselves -- Bruce Beavers never expected to
be homeless. He managed warehouses and hardware stores, had a 401(k)
plan and owned his home. But Beavers said he lived beyond his means and
eventually lost everything.
Beavers and other homeless say they were tired of a shelter system that
often splits up families into different housing, does not provide a
place for people to keep their possessions while they look for work and
offers too few beds. So they say they decided to try their own way.
They formed a camp where the homeless living there would know they had
a guaranteed place to stay. There would be around-the-clock security to
keep people from having their things stolen, the tents would be built
from donated materials, and alcohol and drugs would not be permitted.
It would be a place for people trying to get out of homelessness.
Evan Balverde is a plumber who came to Nickelsville after an accident
forced him to stop working.
"We don't just take in everybody," Balverde says. "We'd like to, but
the thing is just a lot of these people out here are mentally incapable
or they're drug addicts or alcoholics and stuff, and that's why they
are on the streets. We don't put up with that.
"We're here for people in rough times and homeless, but if you are
doing it to yourself, then this isn't the place for you."
The dubious legality of the camp set the organizers on a collision
course with the city, and several times police have moved the
Nickelodeons off the land on which they were squatting. An invitation
to relocate the camp outside a local church gave Nickelsville a
reprieve, at least for the time being.
Johnny Turner, a homeless man who helped found the camp, says he would
like to see Nickelsville grow into a permanent shelter that could
accept more people needing a place to go.
Al Poole of the Seattle Human Services Department says the city spends
nearly $8 million a year on the homeless. Still, there aren't always
beds available for every person needing one, and sometimes families do
need to be placed in different shelters.
While tent cities might fulfill an immediate need, Poole explains, they
also can have the negative effect of turning people who live near the
camps against the homeless.
Walking around the neighborhood that borders Nickelsville, it is hard
to imagine that many residents are happy that their homes now face a
And many residents were upset, says homeowner Roland Bradley, when the
camp first arrived at their street."
These are sites you
can visit to see a bigger picture:
BBC NEWS | Americas | Tent city highlights US homes crisis
Shanty houses of Manila - Boing Boing
Nevada tent cities rise in shadow of casinos - thestar.com
17 Oct 2008 ... These tent cities have been compared to Depression-era
Hoovervilles, the shantytowns of the homeless named for the president
of the era, ...
shantytowns" Photos - Mixx
Most of the Iraqis displaced by violence who remain inside the country
are struggling to survive in tent communities and shantytowns. ...
Stock Photography of A shanty town with the wealthy Bandra ...
A shanty town with the wealthy Bandra district behind, Bombay, ... clip
art images, clipart pictures, background graphics, medical
illustrations, and maps.
Mongolia's Shantytowns: the Ger Districts - a set on Flickr
Mongolia's Shantytowns: the Ger Districts. Thumbnails Detail 1 comment
... basic infrastructure – often in traditional Mongolian
tents, known as gers. ...
Tent cities of middleclass families mushroom in US, Canada
14 Mar 2009 ... Also see the tent city in Ontario, California here and
the shanty town in Miami, Florida here There are dozens of YouTube
movies of these ...
UPDATED X3: Bushvilles: The new Hoovervilles, rapidly expanding."
Relevant Articles from the Internet
a rubbish hotel, no really!
Italy. Walls of hotel are covered
A stone's throw from the Vatican, German artist HA Schult has set up a
hotel covered by 12 tonnes of rubbish to illustrate the relationship
between humans and the immense quantity of garbage they produce.
'We are in the trash time. We produce trash and we will be trash. So
this hotel is the mirror of the situation,' Schult told AFP on Friday,
on the eve of World Environment Day.
About the size of a large single family house, the temporary hotel -
open from June 3 to 7 - stands in the shade of Rome's Castel
Sant'Angelo, a second century landmark castle along the banks of the
The building is completely covered on all sides with old tins, hats,
cameras, socks and soccer balls found on European beaches and selected
'In the ocean, the trash from all continents meets one another. The
trash from Africa meets the trash from Europe, meets the trash from
South America,' Schult said, pointing to the guitars and shoes
plastered across the building.
'The environmental problem is a global problem. We are living in a
planet of garbage,' said Schult, whose most famous work is Trash
People, an installation of 1000 human figures made out of rubbish.
Trash People was installed under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, in
front of the Giza Pyramids in Egypt, in Red Square in Moscow, at La
Defense in Paris, and along the Great Wall of China.
Danish supermodel Helena Christensen slept in the three-room,
two-bathroom hotel to raise awareness about the rubbish polluting the
'You walk down the beach and you realise how incredibly ignorant we are
with garbage,' Christensen said.
'It was fun. I've slept in worst places,' said Allan Thompson, a
53-year-old from London, who spent Thursday night in the hotel along
with his daughter.
'Some of that stuff goes way back, it doesn't go away,' said Thompson,
who won a night's stay at the hotel when he entered a competition to
win a years' worth of Corona, the Mexican beer that sponsored the work.
Schult has been shining a spotlight on garbage since the 1960s, but is
now increasingly concerned about the mountains of rubbish now coming
from high-growth countries such as China and India.
'We have to change the world, before the world changes us,' he said.
Saturday, June 05, 2010 » 10:24am
Here is an article from Internet, which might not be the true fact, but
the desire to make a more sympathetic image for the Royals:
night on the
(Was he with his guard or without, if that guy is really Prince Harry?
That make a lot of difference in terms of fear, LM)
'Homeless' Prince Harry
A cold alley in central London is a far cry from a palace - but it was
the spot Prince William chose to sleep the night.
The royal spent a a chilly night near Blackfriars Bridge last week to
highlight the plight of homeless British teenagers.
He spent the night with Seyi Obakin, the chief executive of Centrepoint
- the British homeless charity that William patrons.
A photograph released by the charity shows William, 27, in the alley in
jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt. In a post to the charity's Web site
on Tuesday, Obakin said they slept on cardboard boxes in an alleyway.
He said temperatures that night fell to 4 degrees. Obakin said William
wanted to raise awareness of the problem and to be able to understand a
little better what homeless teenagers go through.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 » 06:37am
Men, Children, Dogs and Cats
noticed how much all
of us are experiencing problems with
computers/Internet, because of the merging of all Internet's different
systems on Parallel Earths into one Global system on the Original
Earth. And also it is more visible increase in the number of
homeless people/cats/dogs all over the World, who are getting to us
from Parallel Earths
at the time of merging with the main Earth. I remember the case with
R.Monroe's 2 cats (out of 22), who disappeared when he moved from New
York closer to his future Institute in Virginia, to Richmond. A year
later these cats turned up in his former house in New York. The people
who bought the house in New York called R.Monroe and asked if they
could keep the cats and he agreed. Everyone thought that these cats
were walking all the way from Richmond to New York. But what I feel
what really happened was that these cats went to another Parallel
Universe/Earth, spent sometime there and returned to the same house in
New York. These things are happening to people and animals constantly
and it's to do with blending your vibrations with the waveforms of
others and with all sorts of Energies of all kinds of planets and
universes: watch for articles on Internet!
Also pay attention to Boat People, Migrants crossing the borders,
shanty towns and tent cities, they could be
our Alters (especially, single individuals and groups of naked people).
They might not
be from the Original Earth, but from one of Parallel Earths, where
people don't wear clothes. They are lost, bewildered and they
need to be welcomed, not to be put into jails/psychiatric institutions.
And the best thing you
can do is to take these people to your place to live, especially
children. The time could come, that you might end up in the position
these people are in now. And don't expect that governments or those who
run the Media would tell you the Truth!
As I said before, water is the most
popular plasma field for
transporting humans/non-humans/ animals/migrating birds/plant life/all
kind of stuff from one Universe
to another one. Pay attention at the articles on Internet about missing
people who are coming back in few years time and who feels totally
confused, disoriented, with no memories and who lost their identity
(doctors found a word for it: 'amnisia').
You can collect so many such cases, which happened for the last hundred years, if you search in
I give a story about a healthy, but disoriented Russian pilot, who is
not different to us (one of many such people). He lost his
identity and didn't remember anything about himself and couldn't
recognized anybody, just a few Russian cities he's been to. That story (below) was shown on Russian News a
few days ago and also in Russian on:
"Today is 2nd of October 2009, I've been watching on Russian
a story about a not so young pilot, dressed in civi clothes, who got
out of the forest near the village "Romanovka" a half a year ago and
went to the police station to report, that he doesn't know what
happened to him. He had just a few memories of been in a few Russian
cities and nothing else. He had a small siutcase with him with tidy
packed clothes and a few pictures of him as a pilot with other men and
women. He looked and talked normal, but, nevertheless, was taken to a
psychiatric institution for life, because he didn't have any other
memories. First, the authorities thought he was a spy, but the thorough
checking up proved that he was not a spy, His behaviour proved that he
was just an ordinary man. He started repairing many things at that
hospital volunteerely and within 6 months proved to be a very smart,
kind-hearted Jack-of-all-trades. He didn't behave like an insane man
would and everybody simpathised with him. The calls have been made to
the places were he was working as a pilot, but noone remembered him,
inspite of an excellent knowledge of planes/helicopters and how to
The team of Russian News (their website address is:
www.ntv.ru/lost , the organizers of that program,
announcement for the whole country of Russia about the search of people
knowing this guy. And there was his brother found the next day, whom
the pilot didn't recognized! I feel, that it isn't his real brother,
but a guy, who wanted to give the pilot home (instead of psychiatric
institution for life).
And here is another case of a German pilot from another Parallel Earth,
who got stuck in Brasilian airport and again ended up in psychiatric
institution. German Embassy's media office doesn't want to talk about
German man camps out
Friday, October 30,
2009 » 11:55am
A German man reportedly
dumped by a
Brazilian woman he met on the internet camped out in an airport for 13
days before being taken on Thursday to a hospital for a psychological
The man, identified by
as Heinz Muller, was out of money and wouldn't say when he planned to
leave, according to airport workers, some of whom brought him meals
from the food court.
The 46-year-old former
his time wandering the airport in Campinas, an industrial city about an
hour's drive from Sao Paulo, and using his laptop perched on a luggage
Occasionally he spoke
to workers and passengers in basic Portuguese mixed with some Spanish.
While airport workers
said they were
getting used to Muller's presence and authorities said he could stay at
the airport because he was in Brazil legally, doctors determined Muller
needed to be checked out.
He put up slight
resistance as he
was taken away on Thursday evening but authorities did not have to use
force, said a representative of Brazil's civil aviation authority who
spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with department policy.
Muller arrived in Rio
de Janeiro on
October 2 and wound up at the airport after being dumped by a woman
living nearby, a spokesman for the authority said, also on condition of
He had declined offers
to stay at a shelter or in housing offered by nonprofit groups.
The case was similar to
Hiroshi Nohara, a Japanese man who spent three months living in the
Mexico City airport before leaving last December. Nohara turned into a
local celebrity, and his story drew comparisons to that of Viktor
Navorski, a character portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 2004 movie The
But Navorski was forced
to stay at a
New York City airport after war broke out in his Eastern European
country, and officials said they could neither allow him into the US
nor deport him.
Muller washed himself
in the airport bathrooms and slept on chairs in the airport's only
In a brief interview in
before he was taken to the hospital, Muller said that airport workers
'are treating me OK' and that he wanted to move permanently to Latin
America's largest country.
'I want to be living in
somewhere pretty,' he said, declining to elaborate after an Associated
Press reporter would not buy him the computer cable he demanded in
return for answering questions.
Muller's passport says
he is from
Munich, though Muller told people in the airport he lives elsewhere in
Germany, the aviation spokesman said. The German Embassy's media office
in Brasilia declined to comment."
There are Parallel Earths were dogs have only three legs and you'll see
more of this around. There are Parallel Earths were people are only in
wheelchairs/electric chairs or crippled or where women rule and men
obey them, so you will see more of that
around too as a result of all Parallel Earths' gradual implosions into
the Original Earth!
Don't ever forget that these people are parts of our Souls called
Alters, who are already experiencing poverty and neglect on Original
Earth and Parallel Earths. I am not afraid of that, because I've
already experienced that a lot in my life. The homelessness will come
to all of us and there is no need to be scared of it. The breaking of
all the societies will only unite Humanity for the same Goal: the
Creation of the New Evolutionary Energy for the Universal and Planetary
we all, probably, will
be living in tents or bottle houses, but that doesn't frighten me: it's
People a Small Issue in
Boat-people. You could be one of those Boat people in another Parallel
For the same reason: to mix different energies of different people with
different energies of different Universes!
And today we see the
(like in a giant mixer) is taking place: all these flashy 5 stories
cruise-liners connecting islands, cities, continents through water, are
built for the same purpose to take you to other Universes without you
suspecting anything. I travelled on some of these ships in Australia
and other countries.
It's pretty hard to
see the difference: most of those Worlds resemble the original Earth
(only the frequency is different).
Take, for example,
Australia", a huge 4- 5 stories liner, which regularly takes people
from mainland of Australia to Tasmania through Bass Strait, 240 km
width/290 km length channel in South ocean. People think that they are
getting to Tasmania and yes, they do get to Tasmania, but in another
Parallel Earth and often not a positive place. I've crossed Bass Strait
in that liner 6 times and felt tremendous negativity of that place at
night. And everyone I know , felt the same way.
pilot, disappeared together with his plane in Bass Strait (most likely
to another Parallel Universe).
What we need to remember, that all of us sooner or later will
experience what it is like to be homeless. I already did, being a
homeless migrant from Russia, and if that happens again: I am ready!
All these tent cities full of people after all kinds of disasters in
all countries is just a warming
exercise before homelessness will happen to all of us.
But there is no need to fear: this is the only way out of Physicality,
Physical possessions. The only way to break our Jail and get the
Freedom of Flying without physical bodies. And this is the only way to
merge all our different energies together and get through Earth
You sit in a toilet and phase into another Parallel Universe and don't
expect that someone is waiting for you there to make you comfortable.
Most likely if you became one of those 'missing ones' here, you will
become homeless there in another Parallel Earth.
Some documentaries have been shown on Austar (paid TV in Australia),
Man V Wild
about a guy who managed to survive in different and the harshest
conditions in the world, (but in reality, not just in this world).
These series were kind of educational, about
the ways to survive without food/water and how to find food/water in
the wilderness. Another Australien series on
the same subject were called "Bushtucker Man". Why do you think these
documentaries are shown and why soldiers (inc. children) all over the
World have been trained to survive in wilderness?
The answer is: to be ready for the future events.
Rudd Intervenes to Stop Boat
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 » 11:44am
It's been revealed the Indonesian Navy intercepted a boat of asylum
seekers after a personal plea from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the
The West Australian newspaper reports the Prime Minister phoned
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Saturday - following intelligence
that the vessel was heading for Australian waters.
The vessel, carrying Sri Lankan men, women and children, would have
been the biggest to make it to Australia since Labor came to power.
An Indonesian warship stopped what Indonesian officials have described
as a 'cargo ship' carrying the group on Sunday.
The opposition says the increase in asylum seekers is a direct result
of Labor's immigration policy changes.
Kevin Rudd's boat people intervention is his first with Indonesia since
becoming Prime Minister.
Homelessness on the rise
The government concedes the homeless crisis has worsened since the
Prime Minister declared war on a problem he described as being a
While official figures are months away, key agencies including the
Salvation Army and Youth off the Streets say there's been a large rise
in homelessness in the past 12 to 18 months.
According to the Weekend Australian, it's estimated there are now well over 100-thousand Australians
homeless on any given night.
Housing Minister Tanya Plibersek has conceded there is evidence of a
spike in the number of Australians needing assistance.
In May 2008, Kevin Rudd promised the country can do better and must do
better in tackling the crisis and setting an interim target of reducing
homelessness by 20 per cent by 2013.
Saturday, January 02, 2010 » 02:05pm
celebrates a trashy
Saturday, December 05, 2009 » 12:24pm
Paris is normally the capital of high fashion. But this Christmas it
has turned to trash. Decorations from plastic bottles are lining the
city streets. The idea is to get Parisians to recycle more, by showing
them what can be made from their rubbish."