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September 29, 2009

LAGGING INDICATORS: THE RETURN OF TENT CITIES

CNN - In cities across the country, people with nowhere to live have done what many would have thought unthinkable before the economic crisis: moved into tents. . . . Tent camps once associated mainly with the "Hoovervilles" of the Great Depression are springing up in places as varied as Sacramento, California; Nashville, Tennessee; Pinellas County, Florida; Providence, Rhode Island; and Seattle, Washington. The camps have often led to standoffs between local governments that say the camps violate housing ordinances and homeless rights advocates who argue that people struggling to get back on their feet need a permanent place to stay.

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