Dang, why didn’t anyone else think of that?

California wants to use vacant land to house the homeless

Empty space, add houses, homelessness solved!

Now all we need is that normal peeps can add houses to empty land they own and we’ll really be able to crack it, right?

17 thoughts on “Dang, why didn’t anyone else think of that?”

  1. It may be part of a solution, at least..

    Isn’t the utter lack of affordable people accomodation one of the main causes of homelessness over there?
    Won’t do a thing for the real crusties and druggies, but there’s a fair percentage that would be helped with just decent accommodation away from such folk.

    But there’s so many factors involved.. It certainly isn’t a catch-all solution.

  2. Now all we need is that normal peeps can add houses to empty land they own and we’ll really be able to crack it, right?

    No! We must tax and regulate such hoarders and wreckers so that private housing doesn’t cause climate change and harm small fish up in the mountains. If this causes homelessness it doesn’t matter; we’ll just take publicly owned lands and permit all kinds of unplanned ramshackle shit to go up. So long as our undocumented maids and gardeners have an official box to squat in, all is well. – The Dems

  3. “Applied to the UK, it would certainly be a good way of destroying lots of beautiful countryside.”

    Exactly!
    That said, there’s a lot of scope for housing on brownfield sites – and in areas where planning restrictions could be largely abandoned (aka directed development).

  4. It’s vote pandering bullshit.

    California is losing 200,000 people a year, and most all are leaving their housing behind.

  5. Until the Greens find a Newt, Bird or Native Grass

    In San Francisco protecting birds and grass is more important than housing humans
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1Qj4Bm47hA

    @PJF

    +1

    @Theo

    Yep, plus encouraging Aldi – Tesco etc to build flats above stores and underground parking. A few years ago Javid was promoting this

    One new Aldi I followed 3 years ago on site of closed church and closed SW Centre: some locals campaigned for social housing. Aldi proposed store or store with 2 floors of flats above; council said no to flats above

  6. At the speed with which state entities convert empty buildings (let alone land) into housing in the UK, most of the homeless will have died (more from old age than hypothermia) by then

  7. Grikath

    “Isn’t the utter lack of affordable people accomodation one of the main causes of homelessness over there?”

    No, the main cases are drug abuse and mental illness. The housing is secondary.

  8. Bloke in Costa Rica

    The idea that homelessness in modern post-industrial societies is caused by lack of housing is one of those misapprehensions most refractory to facts and common sense.

  9. PCar: similar locally, Wiko aquired the site next door and have put in a planning application to demolish, join the two sites, regularise the highway curtilige, and build a new store integrated into the local architecture, with two floors of social housing upstairs. It’s been mired in the planning process for two years.

  10. Ugh, a YouTube video. Possibly the least efficient means of transmitting information.

    Hardly. A Chinese instruction manual achieves that.
    But I’m currently locked in a battle to root a phone. Flush out the google user account/password gets left after a factory reset. If you don’t know them, it’s bricked. Can’t substitute a fresh one. I could right a flow chart to do this. One side of an A4 sheet. Maybe 4 sheets if I stuck in some screenshots for illustration. But the only go-to’s I can find are fucking UTube videos. Some voiced over in Indian flavour English. I’m still none the wiser.

  11. @jgh

    Exactly what Aldi did. Flat roof store open for 2 years now and none of local small businesses who objected have closed, instead they’ve improved. Maybe flats could be added when/if Labour council evicted.

    Flats above supermarket a win-win – more customers and “corner shop” for residents

    @bis

    Try searching on bing and duckduckgo

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