Exactly a year ago the BBC ran a story about a shanty towns in LA that were a result of The Great Downturn. At the time BoingBoing and those few others who saw it asked why we were learning about this from the UK media and not from the US media (in fairness the LATimes and Fox News picked up on it then as well but it didn’t make a ripple elsewhere).
Last September the story surfaced briefly in AP story only to get lost in the blizzard of the “Lisptick on a Pig” non-story. For some reason this is the week the US media caught on.
Struggling Americans call tent cities home — ABC Online
Homeless Tent City Population Swells –CBS (local)
- A Tent City Near You? Tell Us About It — Huffpo
I have no idea what took so long. None. This is a story that has been literally sitting there for anyone to report. I mentioned it to a lot of working journalists. Nada.