March 22, 2006

Here's a no-brainer.

Unless, of course, you're a Dubya administration bureaucrat making the decision.

If you'd just lost your home in a disaster, which one of the following would you rather live in?

Choice A: A FEMA trailer, costing the feds between US $60,000 and $70,000. You can't add on to it, and it'll blow away in a hurricane.

FEMA trailer

The classic FEMA trailer, if you can get one.

Choice B: A 'Katrina Cottage', costing about US $35,000 to build. You can add to it, and it'll most likely ride out a hurricane.

Katrina Cottage

The Katrina Cottage. Don't expect one from the feds.

The Katrina Cottage is reminiscent of the 'temporary' cottages built in San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. Many of those cottages were lived in for decades, and there are still a few standing today. If this magpie had to choose between the cottage and the trailer, we'd take the cottage in a hot second.

Can you guess how many Katrina Cottages the feds are buying? [Hint: It's in the very low one figures.]

You can read more about Katrina Cottages in this article at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and this one at the St Petersburg Times.

Posted by Magpie at March 22, 2006 01:14 AM | US News | Technorati links |

That's interesting - Why would you take the trailer?

Posted by: Scorpio at March 22, 2006 11:55 AM

because i typed 'trailer' when i meant to type 'cottage.' i might be weird, but i'm not *that* weird.

i've corrected the mistake.

Posted by: magp at March 22, 2006 01:48 PM