Shelter in The City

In Berkeley Tuesday. It’s so heartbreaking to see what’s going on in the cities these days, a result of the great transfer of wealth to the upper 10%.

The name of our company is Shelter. When we started in the early ’70s, it was a positive thing to build your own house or somehow create your own shelter. Don’t pay rent; don’t get locked into a bank with a mortgage. Because I’ve built my own home(s), I’ve never paid rent or had mortgage payments — think what that’s meant over a 50 year period!  These days, things are desperate. You see it everywhere, but especially in housing, as the politicians in charge of the US government continue to skew things in favor of the rich at the expense of the poor and middle class.

The principles, as shown amply in our 7 building books, are still the same these days:
1. Keep it small. The heart of our book Shelter, published 45 years ago, was a section with plans for 5 small homes. Shelter II has plans for another 5 homes.
2. Look around in cities and towns for small fixer-uppers.
3. Do as much for yourself as possible, with your own hands. You don’t have to do it all. Do what you can — it’ll pay off in increased independence and savings (and satisfaction).

Shameless Commerce Dept.: Shelter is 30% off for the rest of September, with free shipping. Two or more books are 30% off at any time. We encourage you to buy books from independent booksellers, but IF you buy books online, buying them from us is cheaper than Amazon.

2 Responses to Shelter in The City

  1. Laura says:

    Lloyd, this breaks my heart. Don’t come to L.A., you just won’t believe what you see. It’s like this all over– awful. It’s horrifying and scary to see what is happening to our country.

  2. Peter says:

    Many years ago an uncle of mine, who worked for a major advertising agency, was offered the opportunity of running their office in Mumbai (Bombay as it was then). He stayed about a month, then quit the job and returned to the UK. His main reason for quitting was that he was greatly distressed at seeing all the homeless people who lived and died in the streets of that city. These days, he would have trouble finding any major city in North America or Europe that did not cause him distress. Large parts of our cities are now Third World countries.

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