The meltdown in the US mortgage market has led to record foreclosures and forced thousands from their homes. In few places is it worse than southern California, where the BBC’s Rajesh Mirchandani reports on an extreme consequence of the downturn, but one that some observers fear could grow.
Forty miles east of Los Angeles, on a patch of waste ground, is the place they call Tent City.
Sandwiched between the local airport and the railway line, this really is the wrong side of the tracks.
We are on the outskirts of Ontario, a functionally pleasant commuter-city in southern California.
Last summer, local officials established this camp as a temporary base for the city’s homeless population, then around two dozen.
But word spread and now some 300 people live here. It has an air of scruffy permanence, and indeed, city officials say there are no current plans to close it down.
I would never have thought that this was going on in the US if I haven´t seen it with my own eyes through Google Earth.
The United States of America needs to fix this because this is fucking horrible……..