This one has been sold, but what interested me were the in-progress construction photos.
I keep thinking about all the people — the working, productive people — who have become homeless due to the widespread mortgage fraud and its ongoing fallout.
I keep thinking it would be a great idea for some smart developer to do a modern-day Levittown, but with these tiny houses.
Bill Levitt persuaded his father and brothers to embrace the utilitarian systems of construction he had learned, and with his architect-brother, Alfred, designed a small house on one floor and an unfinished “expansion attic” that could be rapidly constructed and as rapidly rented out to returning GIs and their young families. Levitt and Sons built the community with an eye towards speed, efficiency, and cost-effective construction; these methods led to a production rate of 30 houses a day by July 1948. They used pre-cut lumber and nails shipped from their own factories in Blue Lake, California and built on concrete slabs, as they had done in a previous planned community in Norfolk, Virginia. This necessitated negotiating a change in the building code, which prior to the building of this community did not permit concrete slabs. Given the urgent need for housing in the region, the Town agreed. Levitt and Sons also controversially utilized non-union contractors in the project.
The only problem with this scheme is that we are not the nation today that we were then. How could such a development keep out the non-productive?
Rents are outrageous everywhere partially as a method of discriminating against the non-productive. The non-productive cannot afford those rents. But a wee house might fall under some kind of Section 8 government scheme and bring with it an influx of bastards who don’t give a shit about anything — their property, their neighbors, etc.
No one wants to live around such people.
Even people like that don’t, which is why they shoot one another!
[Note to the PC crowd: Go fuck yourselves. I grew up poor, around the poor, and I know the poor. So shut the fuck up about this somehow being prejudicial. It is — towards people who respect themselves and others. The people I’d want to exclude can go on their merry self-destructive ways in plenty of other places, not here. Go read this.]
I hit Publish accidentally, instead of Preview! Continuing …
Such inexpensive wee houses would help the current productive unemployed save money — because being homeless is the most goddammed expensive thing going. Just ask anyone who’s been through it!
Also, mortgages would be low enough for them to afford even out of an unemployment check!
They would be able to build wealth through home equity. Instead of being renters forever, they’d finally have something to call their own.
Some people will read this and laugh in contempt at the idea of such wee houses. But somewhere out there has to be a smart developer who can see the promise in this idea — as well as the massive possible profits and other opportunities.
If a developer reads this and goes for it, you owe me one of those wee homes at a discount price as my commission. kthxbai.