WWGBD? In a political war over trailer parks, nobody wins


I’ve written a lot here about trailer parks. That’s the common, somewhat derogatory, term for manufactured housing communities in which residents own their houses, but not the land beneath them. The problem with mobile homes is that they’re not really mobile. They’re anchored to a particular site, and detaching them to transport them elsewhere is [Read More...]

Equifax, Experian and TransUnion await their asbestos moment

If you watch late-night television, you’re bound to see plenty of commercials for law firms soliciting clients for their big class-action suits involving asbestos and mesothelioma, or targeting those who’ve suffered side effects from a wide array of popular medicines. I will take it as a sign that America is getting better when I start [Read More...]

Voters shoot down unlimited power for landlords

So the big news from the election that everyone was watching yesterday is cause for celebration. Oh, no, I don’t mean the Wisconsin recall. That’s awful. I mean the defeat of Proposition E in Oceanside, Calif.: In election returns updated early Wednesday morning, Oceanside voters rejected an ordinance that would phase out rent control in [Read More...]

Another post about manufactured housing


I know I’ve written this same post every few months about manufactured homes (or “mobile homes” or “trailer parks”). But it keeps happening. It’s always happening. All that changes are the names of the towns, of the parks, of the councils and legislatures, and of the desperate homeowners explaining to reporters that they just don’t [Read More...]

#Occupy the trailer parks

Stimulus plan: Government-backed low-interest loans for manufactured home communities to allow homeowners to purchase the land beneath them. These people pay their rent, so they can afford the loan payments. When you own a not-so-mobile home but rent the land it sits on, you face the prospect of imminent upheaval, homelessness and the loss of [Read More...]

Judge says Alabama cannot steal immigrants’ homes

This is good news: “US judge stops Ala. from enforcing part of law.” A federal judge in Montgomery has stopped state officials from using Alabama’s [harsh]* new immigration law to prevent immigrants from renewing required permits on manufactured homes. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday evening that allows Alabama residents [Read More...]

Crops without plowing

Via ABL on Balloon Juice, this quote from loathesome con-man “historian” David Barton in a Sept. 2009 Texas textbook review (.pdf link): Multiple locations in the TEKS even suggest that it is people from “racial, ethnic, and religious groups” who “expand political rights in American society.” This is an absolutely false premise. Only majorities can [Read More...]

She is on her way

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. — Arundhati Roy From Minnesota, “Residents work to purchase their own mobile home park“: Owner Bill Halverstadt decided to give the residents who live in the 14-acre Meadowview Manor park the opportunity to buy it [Read More...]