“The land is owned by a trust, which keeps it out of speculators’ hands, but residences and other structures can be privately owned and inherited, allowing community members to build wealth.” Modern Community Land Trusts started as civil-rights-era experiment in Georgia, and are key to a progressive housing and economic platform.
A letter from Disaster City.
Searching for paradise in Ethiopia’s rock churches
Agnostic feminist liberal Lauren Groff attends Prepper Camp in Asheville, NC, and discovers that she’s not so different from her prepper brethren.
The new playbook for voter suppression.
Unsurprisingly, you can order a hit on someone using forums on the dark web geared to undertaking any heinous task for money. Some of these sites are known scams, designed to fleece the hit orderer for whatever amount they’re willing to pay. Others are sadly, for real.
Wes Enzinna writes about living in a 32-square-foot shack behind a friend’s ex-boyfriend’s house in Oakland in 2016, the year of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire. Struggling to find personal solutions they can afford amidst the country’s worst housing crisis, Enzinna and his friends try to live within their means by downsizing what they need to live, dwelling in dangerous makeshift spaces that threaten their health, well-being, and, when disaster strikes, their lives.
“A few miles north of San Francisco, off the coast of Sausalito, is Richardson Bay, a saltwater estuary where roughly one hundred people live out of sight from the world. Known as anchor-outs, they make their homes a quarter mile from the shore, on abandoned and unseaworthy vessels, doing their best, with little or no money, to survive.”
When narratives are examined through an evolutionary lens, they reveal shared cultural origins and the durability of storytelling itself, which has evolved as a kind of organism along with homo sapiens. “If any organism can achieve true immortality,” Ferris Jabr writes, “it is surely the story.”
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 declared the Chinese ineligible for citizenship, this after Americans had been exploiting their labor for over forty years. Some Chinese nationals bypassed the Act with false paperwork, and decades later, the government pressured many “paper citizens” into confessing, leaving a lasting mark on many families, including the author’s.