Continental Chicago

now in its one-hundred-and-eightieth year

The Problem of Home

photograph of a dirty old Lincoln Town Car stuffed to the gills with garbage (author photo)

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.

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This entry was posted on December 10, 2011 by in Around town and tagged , , , , , , .

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