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What stunned officials here was that those in this makeshift shelter, which sprouted almost overnight, were not California migrants bringing their mental health or substance abuse problems to Nevada.
Seven in 10 were from the area, where the housing market has cratered, the tourism industry is in the dumps and construction jobs have disappeared.
These tent cities have been compared to Depression-era Hoovervilles, the shantytowns of the homeless named for the president of the era, Herbert Hoover.
Originally posted by drwizardphd
So, can we start?
Bushtown, Bushberg, Bushopolis. I kind of like Bushopolis.
Similar tent cities have sprung up in Seattle, San Diego, Fresno, Calif.; Columbus, Ohio and Chattanooga, Tenn. In Seattle, where as many as 150 homeless persons have been moving around to thwart authorities, they have dubbed their community Nickelsville, named for Mayor Greg Nickels.
"It was the damndest thing I've ever gone through,'' said 44-year-old Dan Foley who lived three weeks in Reno's tent city.
"You couldn't sleep at night. There was no curfew, no quiet time.
"Everyone was drinking or coughing or getting high or talking about getting high.''
I live in Columbus and I haven't heard of or seen any tent "cities". I pass by the homeless shelter on Broad St. every day.
Anyway, I don't think these people are a result of the latest mortgage debacle.