now in its one-hundred-and-eightieth year
Back in 2009, shortly after the beginning of the financial crisis, I found myself following this car, which so astonished me that I had to take a picture of it, even though I was driving. It seemed a veritable symbol on wheels, the Lincoln Town Car that had once known happier times. At a time when mortgage companies were folding, it bespoke homelessness and a home under water at the same time–a flight from misfortune, and a kind of desperation that makes it hard to see out.
The more people slide into homelessness and joblessness, the more urgent the problem of home will become.