I have decided to start looking at what might happen to the millions of people living on the economic edge. Those people living meager pay check to pay check. What will happen to them as even the low paying jobs begin to evaporate?
Here is a film which was made in the 2000, which features a community of homeless people living in the tunnel systems of New York City. A glimpse of life on the edge. The official Dark Days Website: palmpictures.com | Full film on youtube
Dark Days is a documentary made by Marc Singer, a British filmmaker. The film follows a group of people living in an abandoned section of the New York City underground railway system, more precisely the area of the so called Freedom Tunnel. When he relocated from London to Manhattan, Marc Singer was struck by the number of homeless people he had seen throughout the city. Singer had befriended a good number of New York’s homeless and later, after hearing of people living underground in abandoned tunnel systems, he met and became close to a group of people living in The Freedom Tunnel community stretching north from Penn Station past Harlem. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
These days you can’t turn on a TV, open a paper or hit a news site without seeing something about the housing crisis and the banks going belly up. It all sounds so bad, most of us feel like closing our curtains and hope this crisis doesn’t come our way. That might work for Paris Hilton, but for the people who where already on the edge, this crisis is rolling right over them.
Los Angeles and California are in the middle of their own budget crisis and all those people relying some kind of assistance are in real trouble.
Minus 78 percent (yes, -78%): That’s the latest massive drop in the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, slashed from $45 million in last year’s city budget to just $10 million this year.
49: That’s L.A.’s bottom-of-the-barrel “housing affordability” rank out of 50 big American cities, with San Francisco ranked last, according to a 2008 survey by San Francisco nonprofit SustainLane.com.
$962: Last year’s average cost of renting in Los Angeles, 43 percent higher than in 2000.
10,000 to 14,000: The dwellings built in each year of L.A.’s just-ended boom, mostly in dense, multistory, “luxury” complexes.
330: The number of “affordable units” constructed each year, on average, during the same period, from 2003 to 2006.
7,369: The number of affordable units lost during the same period, mostly through conversions to luxury units but also demolitions related to new housing.
13,713: The net number of rent-controlled apartments and houses lost between 2001 and 2007 to demolition sparked by new construction and, even more often, to condo conversions sparked by the housing bubble’s rush to home ownership.
We all know that Christmas is a time to reflect on others less fortunate than ourselves. But should that reflection stop now that we’ve rung in the new year? Ingenious Toronto ad firm TAXI doesn’t think so; they’re ensuring that Canada’s 3,000 homeless will receive more than just kind thoughts this winter. The 15 Below Project — so-called because cities issue a Cold Weather Alert when the temperature drops to negative 15 degrees Celsius — is also the number of years TAXI has been in business. “We’ve survived 15 years, now we’re going to help others survive the night,” says executive creative director Steve Mykolyn, who enlisted the help of designer Lida Baday to create the 15 Below Jacket.
The anorak style jacket is lined with pockets that can be stuffed with newspaper to provide insulation from the cold. It’s being described as a low-cost lifeline for the nation’s homeless. The jacket is waterproof, windproof, breathable and durable. The lining consists of multiple pockets – two in the hood, four in the chest, one the back and one in each sleeve. Scrunched up newspaper provides the adjustable temperature control.