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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.
(H/T: UPI)

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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7 Responses to “I’m the man in the box.”

  1. Insolublog Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I don’t want to sound too callous, but consider the deportation possibilities. It is a shipping container.

  2. proof Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    C’mon, Wyatt! There’s got to be a “think outside the box” joke in there somewhere?

  3. MeToo Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Any port in a storm?

  4. RT Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    That’s how some peole get here…albeit unsuccessfully.

    Uh…I’m not Wyatt. :) (That gem didn’t even occur to me. Ooops.)


  5. Dano Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Damn… that looks better than some of the places I’ve lived (most notable, the converted chicken coop).

  6. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    These would make fun dorms, or bargain basement hotels. Honestly, they’re not much different than Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, or Philip Johnson’s Glass House. Think about how easy life would be if you had to relocate!

  7. RT Says:
    August 21st, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Yeah, I don’t think the mayor and council realize how trendy container box houses are right now. Duh.

    Mrs. Crankipants
    Kind of PODS…heh. Just put an order in and go! Heh. I’m sure the proposed container dwellings aren’t as nice, but it would be a cheaper answer to homelessness.