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user-inactivated  ·  821 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Texas's colonias: solution to housing crisis or moral blot on rich nation’s conscience?

I kind of got the overall impression that maybe these weren't a great idea, that skirting regulations or building things halfway in the hopes that they'll eventually be finished, isn't a healthy way to go about things. The article was really pushing the idea though, so I thought maybe there was something I was missing. I've joked before, on here, about digging a hole in the ground, throwing a tarp on top of it, and calling it a house because trying to find an affordable place to live around here is an exercise in frustration, so I can at least in a little bit of a way understand the appeal of the idea. But then again, if people approach this as an actual real solution because they feel like they don't have any other choice, I think we need to take a harder look at the choices we're offering people and where and why we're falling short.