Somewhere in the outskirts of the Thai capital, unused airplanes stored in a private field have become homes for three poor families. This is the darker side of the most populous city in Thailand.
I've been living on the road for more than a year. Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, Baja, Las Vegas, Tempe. Something like 20,000 miles. Let me break down a few of the things I've learned along the way.
Around 400 people live inside the flood channels underneath Las Vegas and it's such a fascinating underworld that is so different from the neon-lit indulgence and styrofoam opulence that Sin City is known for. Matthew O'Brien has been visiting the community for 12 years and takes a tour of it in this video.
Without any context, that headline could seem incredibly scary, almost dystopian in nature. A city's most vulnerable residents tracked for unknown purposes would serve as a pretty good plot for some Orwellian nightmare. Luckily, the Danish city Odense doesn't want to harm but instead help.
Legislation that criminalizes the homeless in Maine. A report that recommends bulldozing a fifth of Detroit. And treasure hunters digging up a California park. Plus an update: One man's plan to ruin an entire state by carving it up WITH LIES. It's What's Ruining Our Cities.
To most people living in cities around the world, the homeless have essentially become invisible. They blend into the streets, they're background noise, they're just a part of the fabric of a city like buildings and street lights and crosswalks. Only... they're human. Just like us. To prove how invisible the homeless…
We've all heard of the lengths to which NYC's homeless have gone to find shelter, from living in abandoned factories to building whole encampments inside subway tunnels. But a report from the New York Post goes one step further, describing how people are now making homes out of small nooks and crannies between the…
When most of us hear the term "microhouse," we think of the chic, wedge-shaped homes that have colonized the world's wealthiest cities. But in a number of U.S. cities, microhouses are being used to house a different demographic—the very poor.
New York City's subway system hustles thousands of people through its tunnels on a daily basis. But deep in the labyrinthine network of tracks and tunnels, exists a much slower-moving people, who call this dark outpost home.
SXSW, the annual vanity carnival of schmoozing, marketing superficiality, and BBQ, has something new to offer Austin's visitors: unalloyed human degradation. A New York ad firm has converted homeless people into 4G hotspots.
Samantha Garvey and her family had been homeless for months before she became a finalist in Intel's Science Talent Search. Now, she's a White House honoree, has appeared on Ellen and Today, and has a roof over her head. This is how she got there:
As many as 15,000 people sleep on Australia's streets each night, subjected to violence, harassment, and the elements. That's 15,000 too many for Tony Clark's tastes. So his charity, Swags for Homeless, hands out these ingeniously integrated tent-mattresses called the Backpack Bed.
Squatters in Venezuela have found a home in an unfinished 45-story skyscraper in Venezuela. They call their home the "Tower of David", after the financier who tried to build it in the '90s. People live up to the 28th floor in the elevator-less building and have jury-rigged electricity and water to every inhabited…
Bergen County, New Jersey had a problem. They needed to keep track of how often homeless people received services like food and shelter, but they didn't have a reliable way of identifying them. So they started scanning their fingerprints.
After yesterday's images of vagabonds using notebooks, two homeless people told us about their lifestyle, why they chose it, and why technology is so important every single day. This is the story of one of them.—JD
A really surprising story in the Washington Post today: 30-45 percent of D.C. homeless people have cellphones, and they're unexpectedly essential to their way of life.
12-year-old Max Wallack submitted this amazing "Home Dome"—a homeless shelter made from plastic, wire, and packing peanuts—to a recent "Trash to Treasure" design contest. Based on a Mongolian yurt, it's warm and includes a bed.
At NY Design Week 2008, Savannah College of Art and Design students showed off a couple of cool concepts they developed with the Growing Hope of Union Mission for homeless people. The neatest (and most practical) one is the Urban Camper, designed for homeless living on the street. It's basically a cheap fold-out…
Two weeks ago, I went down to the San Francisco auditions for American Inventors with Sarah Meyers of team partycrash fame, where we were not so warmly greeted by the staff there. I understand that...kind of. They want to save all the inventions for the show, and anyhow, the American Inventor contract stated that…