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Thread #68954   Message #3550650
Posted By: sciencegeek
19-Aug-13 - 09:30 AM
Thread Name: Help: Little Boxes (Malvina Reynolds) ticky-tacky?
Subject: RE: Help: Little Boxes (Malvina Reynolds) ticky-tacky?
the argument that tract housing was the only affordable housing is BS.

At the same time that "developers" like Levitt were mass producing shoddy homes, you could buy a kit house from SEARS or a half dozen other outlets. Houses that were affordable and used good material.

Driving past, in the school buse, some of the tract houses being built I was horrified to see how shoody they were. I was around eleven at the time and still knew enough to think they were crap. And then later the aluminum wiring caused enough house fires to ban the use of it in the building codes.

The first time I heard the song, my reaction was "Finally, someone else is calling them what they really are."

As for "the American Dream", ask a Native American for their thoughts on it. One man's dream can result in another's nightmare.