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Cage Homes

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I found this story over at CNN, its about cage homes in Hong Kong.  If you haven’t heard about these, they are essentially bunkbeds that are sealed off with cage wire so that people can lock them when they aren’t there.  They are the size of a single bed and are about 4 feet tall for each “unit”.   You have to share a bathroom with everyone, but the kicker is this, guess how much it costs for one of these in Hong Kong?  $167 a month!

There has been recent outcry about the deplorable living conditions which a large number of people live in.  Above is a photo of one of these cage homes that was used in an art exhibit to raise awareness of the growing trend.  Among the cage homes, cubical farms have been cropping up where people pay to live in, about the same rate.  In a city where houses have sold as much as $9,200 per square foot, no wonder why people go to these extremes.  The questions is, what is the solution?  With such densely populated urban centers, space is getting less and less accessible.

Read more about it at Reuters

7 Comments
  1. But where do you park the cart? You know, the one that holds all that stuff you push around all day?
    Hey now, I can say that; I'm homeless too.

    • I think the whole cart thing is rather unique to America. In general carts are used at large supermarkets, which isn't very common (compared to the USA). I know in several countries that to get a cart they are locked, to unlock it you put in a Euro into the handle to unlock it. After shopping you lock it back up and it releases the coin so you get it back, but the carts then are always locked up.

  2. This is one of the great evils in today's society, land costs. I live in the far northern burbs of Chicago, and land still goes for $500,000 an acre, where my family in rural MO payed $5K an acre. All just because that is what someone thought it was worth, completely irriguardless of what they origionally paid for it, especially since at the begining, ownership was simply assumed. Until land is simply managed, and not a commodity, then there will never be affordable housing for all.

    Whats the point of a small, simple house, which you build yourself for less than $5K, when you can't afford to put it anywhere.

    • Brilliant point! I wonder what our world would look today if we simply managed land, not commoditize it? Obviously goes against the American mentality of ownership and need for material things, perhaps you would like to write a post on this subject? email me ryan112ryan @yahoo.com

    • Instead of feeling bad you shuold feel great. You are doing what is best for your puppy. A house has many dangers that a puppy/dog could get into. Crate training has no equal. If I was to ever raise another puppy I wouldn’t let it out till it was a year old or older. If you get a puppy and you love it, then use the crate. It won’t have anyone around to play with and it is only natural that it tear, chews and pees on everything. The crate will make house training a breeze. It almost done the training for us. It was hard to leave her in there but we did. If we wasn’t playing with her or if we didn’t have her outside at her spot in the yard she was in the crate. My wife went on and on until I put the crate in the garage. I was right the dog shuold have stayed in there longer. They have to mature before you can trust them in the house by themselves. You are putting them at risk to let them alone and in the house. The crate is humane. You can leave a toy or a rubber doll or something in there for her. I wouldn’t come home at lunch time for her benefit. You will do her more good teaching her that she is going to be alone during the day. After two weeks she will know the routine.

  3. - Great non-traditional view of the Stone Arch!I admire your HDR slklis.I don’t have the experience to know what works or patience to fiddle until it fits right.

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