Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mellow Vibe Turns Testy in Slab City

Talk of a Sale Fills a Hippie Haven With Bad Vibes.  (The New York Times, 3/11/2015)

Print headline:  New Hassles for the Free Spirits of Slab City.
An unregulated squatter settlement, Slab City is home to perhaps 150 year-round residents — refugees from mortgages and bill collectors, former hippies, rebels and self-identified misfits — who live in personal camps made from old trailers, truck campers and crude lean-tos, and call themselves Slabbers. From October to April, the population swells to perhaps 2,000 as snowbirds, attracted by the guaranteed sunshine and zero fees, arrive in sometimes majestic motor homes.

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The even have a library.

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