If this blog had a board of directors we would appoint Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver to upon it sit. He looked right into the dark heart of suburban poverty and social difficulty in a recent episode of his popular show to razor sharp effect. How so? He took the American sub prime auto loan industry out for a run, that’s how.
Oliver starts with the difficulty faced by many of his adopted country’s working poor: that trap between horrendously long commutes through the sprawl via public transit or buying some nasty set of wheels from a self-financing used car dealer. There’s some impressive research and real world tales of woe brought out and then capped off with a hilarious skit spoofing the whole sad machinery of extortionate high interest loans, overpriced shitboxes and repossessions. It has gotten so out of hand of late that some observers are seeing a repeat of the mortgage crisis of 2008 taking shape in US auto financing. We’ll see soon enough.
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Canada’s largest circulation newspaper ( or is it second largest, we don’t remember exactly and in a dying industry does it matter who is first ) shows us how to make a really fantastic contribution to the discussion of one of the most pressing public issues.
The Globe and Mail suggests ‘hacking’ Vancouver housing crisis by living in your car
If you go down this road here are some pointers:
(103) A man’s home is his castle …and frequently also his shitbox!
Hey Globe and Mail, look who was on this, like, six hundred postings ago…
(262) Living in a van in Van
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“Another service provider, Diversitat, is paying car registrations for people who are living in their vehicles, so their dire situation is not made worse by prosecution and hefty fines.”
Car-as-home is not just a North American thing.
Geelong’s homeless forced to live in car amid housing crisis
see also: (103) A man’s home is his castle …and frequently also his shitbox!