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(Daily Mail)   Would you buy a $5,000 house? Granted, it's only 99 square feet, and you'd have to live in Madison, Wisconsin, but you really can't beat the price   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 153
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2014-02-26 10:40:01 AM
I bought a $1,500 house.  Granted it was built in 1910 but it was adjacent to our house and came with 2 lots.  Makes a nice project shack.
 
2014-02-26 10:45:25 AM
Gonna take a stab and say schlubby has never been to Madison.

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2014-02-26 11:07:44 AM
madison is awesome.
 
2014-02-26 11:37:13 AM
While I applaud the idea, I can't help but wonder how many of them will get totally trashed in the span of 2 weeks.  What would be awesome is if they could build and keep those things someplace where there's mental health/addiction help facilities nearby.
 
2014-02-26 11:51:12 AM
No. It's a shed on wheels and I could build one for less than that.
 
2014-02-26 11:52:26 AM

FlashHarry: madison is awesome.


As a Canadian who has traveled there several times for business, I totally agree. It is easily the best small city in the US I've visited. I would have no problem living there.
 
2014-02-26 11:52:44 AM
No kitchen.  No bathroom.
Heat?   How much are the property taxes?

I need answers.
 
2014-02-26 11:53:20 AM
I didn't see a bathroom in any of those pics.  Do they have a central bathhouse like a campground?  Still, I guess it's better than a shelter.
 
2014-02-26 11:53:21 AM
Little boxes... and they're all made out of ticky tacky
 
2014-02-26 11:53:35 AM
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Awesome project. Bravo Madison.
 
2014-02-26 11:54:23 AM
Madison, say 'hi' to your new neighbours.

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2014-02-26 11:57:00 AM

abhorrent1: No. It's a shed on wheels and I could build one for less than that.


Not that's up to code for human habitation.  A house is different than a shed.
 
2014-02-26 11:57:47 AM
Hoovervilles.
 
2014-02-26 11:57:58 AM
"There's no plumbing or electricity, but the home is insulated and has a propane heater to get the residents through the harsh Wisconsin winters."


Umm...how about "No"?
 
2014-02-26 11:58:33 AM

Anayalator: [img.fark.net image 54x11]

Awesome project. Bravo Madison.


It's a tasteful shantytown, I'll give you that.
 
2014-02-26 11:58:36 AM

Anayalator: [img.fark.net image 54x11]

Awesome project. Bravo Madison.


Yes. Bravo, indeed.

When I was still in Clearwater, the city was busy writing ordinances that made shiat like sitting a crime - just to get rid of the homeless. They also effectively shut down outreaches like Quest Inn and the Homeless Mission of St. Vincent de Paul.

Absolutely farking shameful.

While I think the tiny house thing is a marvelous start, Madison might want to take a look at up-cycling shipping containers as well. You can do a ton of cool stuff with them at a low cost, if you're clever.
 
2014-02-26 11:58:48 AM
Where in the world is $5000 worth of material and labor for something that small, that looks like it could be mass-produced easily?  (let me guess...unions...?)
 
2014-02-26 11:59:28 AM
Madison rocks. Check out the roller derby matches, they're awesome.
 
2014-02-26 12:00:02 PM

gopher321: "There's no plumbing or electricity, but the home is insulated and has a propane heater to get the residents through the harsh Wisconsin winters."


Umm...how about "No"?


I wonder how long before we heard about one of them burning down because someone tries to cook with a propane stove in one?
 
2014-02-26 12:00:56 PM
No electricity? Where will Scanner Dan recharge his scanner?
 
2014-02-26 12:01:15 PM

stupiddream: I didn't see a bathroom in any of those pics.  Do they have a central bathhouse like a campground?  Still, I guess it's better than a shelter.


They have composting toilets and no plumbing. And no electrical.

I applaud the idea, but it seems like the tiny-house movement in general could squeeze more out of 5k.
 
2014-02-26 12:02:15 PM
Well, we all know how people take care of things they are given.  Need an update in a year to see how this "community" does.
 
2014-02-26 12:02:52 PM
Christ, I drink enough already.  My liver won't let me move to Madison.
 
2014-02-26 12:03:28 PM
Really??? You guys are slipping

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2014-02-26 12:04:12 PM

ThighsofGlory: Anayalator: [img.fark.net image 54x11]

Awesome project. Bravo Madison.

It's a tasteful shantytown, I'll give you that.


phenn: Anayalator: [img.fark.net image 54x11]

Awesome project. Bravo Madison.

Yes. Bravo, indeed.


For all of the rhetoric and vitriol we hear from DC daily, isn't great to read a story like this to restore a little bit of faith in humanity? If everyone did a tried just a little bit, there would be very little homelessness and poverty in this country. These people got it right. I'm going to carry a little smile on my face for the day.
 
2014-02-26 12:06:07 PM
Looks like farkers who have never built anything in their lives outside of a lego set are here to tell us how cheap it should be to build this.
 
2014-02-26 12:06:21 PM

nekom: I bought a $1,500 house.  Granted it was built in 1910 but it was adjacent to our house and came with 2 lots.  Makes a nice project shack.


You got a deal.

/looking at sheds for Mr. MMM. None come with the 2 extra lots feature not the low price of $1,500
 
2014-02-26 12:07:02 PM
"Plans include gardens, a chicken coup and possibly bee hives and showers and bathrooms in the main building. "

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2014-02-26 12:07:13 PM
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2014-02-26 12:07:22 PM
I would have my doubts about living amongst the homeless.  I mean where could I safely park my Beemer which I drive to the gym?  It only takes me 26 minutes.
 
2014-02-26 12:07:55 PM

Anayalator: For all of the rhetoric and vitriol we hear from DC daily, isn't great to read a story like this to restore a little bit of faith in humanity? If everyone did a tried just a little bit, there would be very little homelessness and poverty in this country. These people got it right. I'm going to carry a little smile on my face for the day.


Yip.

So, five hours, every other Saturday at your local mission or outreach can make a massive difference. Donating clothes and household items instead of tossing them out is helpful. Little pieces can make a big difference to someone who is alone and struggling.
 
2014-02-26 12:07:56 PM
99 sq ft in Madison? Where will the person sit after they move all their beer into the place?
 
2014-02-26 12:08:02 PM
Can I get a Double-wide?
 
2014-02-26 12:09:29 PM
click  click  click  click  click  click  click   RRIINNNGGGG!

Thats over $50/ sqft.

{checks intar-webs}

Which is CHEAP for housing!!
 
2014-02-26 12:10:31 PM
http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/    expensive but much better built.
 
2014-02-26 12:10:54 PM
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Or pay $968 for one of these. I'm guessing it would cost a lot less then $4000 to make a livable interior.
 
2014-02-26 12:10:55 PM
Nice idea, but I think that some idiot will burn it down by leaving a candle burning or something like that. Do we still call them Bushburgs or are they Obamavilles now?
 
2014-02-26 12:11:05 PM
Subby doesn't know what he's talking about.

/Ale Asylum for the win.
 
2014-02-26 12:11:18 PM

FlashHarry: madison is awesome.


I'll be there on Saturday, visiting my daughter who goes to school there.

Awesome town, great school, and it's only 2 hours away. I love the place!
 
2014-02-26 12:11:55 PM

LasersHurt: stupiddream: I didn't see a bathroom in any of those pics.  Do they have a central bathhouse like a campground?  Still, I guess it's better than a shelter.

They have composting toilets and no plumbing. And no electrical.

I applaud the idea, but it seems like the tiny-house movement in general could squeeze more out of 5k.



I'm in agreement. Buy some sheds from Home Depot, put in insulation and dry wall, a fold up bed on one wall, your propane heater, etc. Should be easy to get it under $1500.00. Hell, take 'em off wheels, put 'em in a central location and plumbing and electricity wouldn't be too hard. Maybe give each one of them a solar panel?
 
2014-02-26 12:12:17 PM
Very old news.  We've had Katrina Cottages in New Orleans and the surrounding area for eight and a half years now.
tinyhouseblog.com
 
2014-02-26 12:12:24 PM

RobertBruce: http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/    expensive but much better built.


Man, a 3 foot wide bedroom makes for some powerful claustrophobia.
 
2014-02-26 12:12:47 PM
Is this part of that "Own your own hobo" program I've heard about?  I'd buy one if they would let me name it.  It's like a doll house but the doll is alive!
 
2014-02-26 12:12:52 PM
Madison is the home of the Wisconsin Badgers, ergo, it sucks more than any other city on the planet.

/Go Marquette
//Worked for Bo Ryan for one year.  I have sympathy for Jarrod Uthoff.
 
2014-02-26 12:13:33 PM
I see you and raise you:

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2014-02-26 12:17:46 PM
What an entitled utter biatch, that woman interviewed in the article objecting because of possible "unsavory types".

So if these tiny-homes communities share bathroom areas and such, it would be really cool for them to share some kind of renewable energy plot too, maybe some windmills and solar panels.

I almost wonder if people in general would be happier living like this. Kinda like harkening back to tribal village days. Today people are separated into tiny partitions in their homes that they run to every evening to get away from the harassment of the day
 
2014-02-26 12:18:48 PM

Pfighting Polish: Madison is the home of the Wisconsin Badgers, ergo, it sucks more than any other city on the planet.

/Go Marquette
//Worked for Bo Ryan for one year.  I have sympathy for Jarrod Uthoff.


Marquette's is of course home of the Flying who Gives a fark?
 
2014-02-26 12:19:30 PM
Hey Subby, not a fan of Madison?
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2014-02-26 12:20:21 PM

IRQ12: I see you and raise you:

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Yes, but then you have to live in Michigan and run the risk of being shanked at any moment.
 
2014-02-26 12:22:28 PM
I would have to be paid at least $50,000 (net) annually to live in Wisconsin (maximum two years)I like having 300+ days of Summer every year.

/ It's currently 76 degrees here, however, it's suppose to get down to a bone chilling 50 degrees Thursday night.

// I hope I can survive.
 
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