I’m the man in the box.
By RT | August 19, 2009
Low-income housing can be a touchy subject. In the community where I teach, I can’t afford what they consider to be low-income. In other communities across the country, especially because of the economy, there is a need, though.
An enterprising group has offered to build housing out of shipping containers. Of course, the mayor and council are worried about the quality of life for those who have the containers built in their communities.
Mayor Mike Moncrief of Fort Worth says the use of cargo boxes proposed by the non-profit group A Place to Sleep isn’t likely to attract anything but problems, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Wednesday.
“I don’t think these are appropriate for single-family neighborhoods,” Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks said.
The containers, which measure 48 feet long and 8.5 feet wide, would include a kitchen, bathroom and two windows, city documents indicate.
A prototype unveiled last year looked a lot like a green shipping container with a roof on top.
Project director Mike Wallace says the homes planned for Fort Worth won’t look like the prototype.
Hmmm…wonder if folks have seen how upscale they can be made? I mean, if you market it the right way, the yuppies will be all over it. It is funny how things can go either way. Well, not “ha ha” funny.
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