By Kurt Buss
Affordable housing is becoming an expanding issue for cities and towns across the country, as population and urbanization growth outpaces income growth for increasingly more Americans. Monthly rental rates now
compete with mortgage payments in many parts of the
country. Homeless populations are swelling.
Housing authorities struggle to meet demand for working class families, who can’t always afford to live in the
cities where they work, and must commute from outlying areas and sleeper towns of trailer parks and cheaper
housing. One notion for dealing with this issue is building affordable housing with shipping containers, which
are stockpiled at ports and distribution centers throughout the country. It seems like a good idea, but is it?
These corrugated metal boxes are ubiquitous. We see
them on truck trailers and trains, and if you live near a
seaport you’ve probably seen them stacked a dozen high
Photo by Nicolas Boullosa
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