Bushvilles: Middle-Class Hoovervilles for the 21st Century
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Harvey now works part time for $8 an hour, and she draws Social Security to help make ends meet. But she still cannot afford an apartment, and so every night she pulls into a gated parking lot to sleep in her car, along with other women who find themselves in a similar predicament.
There are 12 parking lots across Santa Barbara that have been set up to accommodate the growing middle-class homelessness. These lots are believed to be part of the first program of its kind in the United States, according to organizers.
The lots open at 7 p.m. and close at 7 a.m. and are run by New Beginnings Counseling Center, a homeless outreach organization.
It is illegal for people in California to sleep in their cars on streets. New Beginnings worked with the city to allow the parking lots as a safe place for the homeless to sleep in their vehicles without being harassed by people on the streets or ticketed by police.
Well, we all know that California is usually several steps ahead of the rest of the country in fashions -- cultural, economic, and otherwise. I fully expect we'll be seeing similar programs cropping up wherever the Big Shitpile is hitting the fan, compliments of the economic stewardship of George W. Bush & Co.
Can't afford a home? Well, you can take up residence in your car in a parking lot at night, just like these fine middle-class housewives do.
These transient homes for the once-prosperous deserve their own name, too. I propose we call them Bushvilles.
You all remember Hoovervilles from your history books, don't you?
They were products of an eerily similar economic policy: favor the wealthy, soak the poor, and screw the middle, then let God sort it out: