19 poor people live in this 625-square-foot apartment, according to CNN reporter Eunice Yoon. A space on the upper deck costs around USD 100 a month; on the lower level, USD 150, because down there you can stand upright in your space.
Some residents have been there for years; others have been squeezed out of more comfortable homes by recession-driven job loss. Perhaps they resort to cage home living because it will keep them in the urban area, where they're presumably more likely to find another job. But since these residents didn't want to appear on camera for risk of hurting their chances for employment, that's just my guess.
Via Bruce Sterling's Beyond the Beyond. Bruce writes,
Note that the area is saturated with TVs, and there's no question that everybody in there has a mobile. Note also the plethora of fans, refrigerators, and injection-molded plastic kitchen items. Those are very modern spaces, even trending toward the glossy-futuristic.
That cheery 90-year-old, he's got "Aging Broke Baby Boomer" written all over him.
The green design gurus at Inhabitat seems to be everywhere lately -- including San Francisco. At 12 noon PT/3 pm ET this afternoon, they'll be having a live, webcast conversation with Gavin Newsom, the city's mayor, on "cutting edge eco initiatives...that have made it one of the greenest cities in the U.S."
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