Trailer Trash? Not a Scent of It.


Treehugger likes both prefab and recycling, but it is getting to the point where we can't tell whether we are talking about the article or the subject. Here is yet another article where the trailer park, home of the working class but in parts of California sitting on prime real estate, is transformed. The trick is- build what you want, as long as it stays on the mobile home frame it complies with the zoning. Suddenly the trailer that wasn't worth trading for a pickup truck is a million dollar property. We suppose that the former inhabitant cashed out and is not sleeping in his car now, (surfer dude paid $ 430,000 for it) but when dollars like this are thrown around the concept begins to lose its charm- what was cheap, cheerful and accessible has become conspicuous consumption. Even the title of the article is offensive- not a scent of the former residents remains.

Normal working people and retirees may not have been able to afford a beach house in Malibu, but they could usually get a trailer site somewhere with a view of water or landscape. Not any more.
:: New York Times
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