Monday, September 19, 2005

The Modern Mobile Refuge...


My earliest memories of home in East Central Texas was of a small wooded lot adjacent a forest along the highway between two forgotten towns. The home was parked behind a blue corrugated box that concealed one of the most popular roadhouses in Lee County. My parents were the perprietors of "Rocky Top Tavern." And we four kids lived in the mobile home out back. It wasn't luxury, but it was Home.

Many things have changed in the world since then. The blue shack is still there, now full of junk and spider webs. The old mobile home is long gone. Yet, behold the modern 'mobile' home... The Dwell Home.

I only wish that my family had been so lucky. Prefabricated homes have evolved significantly since 1975. So when the President proposes what Hugh Hewitt calls a "trailer park nightmare", to house Hurricane refugees in ' mobile home' villages, perhaps there is opportunity in the misfortunes of circumstance. Applying modern Prefab technology to the current problem of emergency housing combined with a little design innovation and entreprenuerial initiative, could yield a more beneficial solution for everyone involved.

Imagine for a moment, refugee housing carved out of the desolate suburbs of Southwestern metropolises. Design innovations, employing prefabrication technologies could create housing solutions that are both economically expedient and aesthetically appealing, while being marketably fecund... and fully transportable.

Does that not make more sense than disposable transient 'shantytowns' devoid of pride and possession?

Consider, the possibility of applying all the altruistic efforts of private charity and Federal allocations for the investiture of materials and resources toward something permanent and meaningful, rather than ephemeral and disposable. We could create emblems of ownership heretofore unrealized by the refugees from progressive entitlement to which ownership has been an historical anathema.

One could purchase a home, assembled in a temporary village, to be relocated to any urban lot in any city or locale in the United State of America.

Would not that make more of common sense?

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