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City Life for the underprivileged, then and (of course) now

August 31, 2015

–from “Tono-Bungay” by H. G. Wells (1909)–

“It is a foolish community that can house whole classes, useful and helpful, honest and loyal classes, in such squalidly unsuitable dwellings. It is by not means the social economy it seems, to use up old women’s savings and inexperience in order to meet the landlord’s demands. But anyone who doubts this thing is going on right up to today need only to spend and afternoon in hunting for lodgings in any of the regions of San Francisco I have named.”

[Wells actually refers to London, not San Francisco. His year is 1909, but his words speak absolute truth today in 2015, when landlords with ruthless efficiency are raising rents without mercy, and driving the working and artisan class out of the city. In the economics of class and rentals, nothing has changed in all those years.]

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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 1, 2015 1:38 pm

    And I thought U didn’t care!

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