Tuesday, April 8, 2008

If you must try homesteading on the cheap...

Don't do it on government land. You might end up like the squirrelman in Seattle. Apparently this dude built a tree house on a vacant lot in Seattle that turned out to be owned by the city. Go check it out here


SurvivalTopics.com said...

He is an inspiration. The system hates it when people find a way to lay their heads down at night without having to pay for it - be it mortgage, rent, taxes etc.

Expect more and more homeless seeking out unused lots to make into homes. Expect those with money and power to begin cracking down hard.

1930's Hoovervilles.
2000's BushHuts

The Urban Survivalist said...

To be fair I'd be pretty pissed off if someone decided to just squat on my land. If you don't own it then what right do you have to it?

Anonymous said...

Seems to me he wasn't hurting anything or anybody by squatting here. Not like he was keeping anybody from using the tree (unless they were interested in fire wood anyway).

Shoulda just left him alone, or owner of said property should have approached him to see if they could come to some agreement. Maybe Squirrelman coulda kept an eye out for trouble / performed some menial chores / just something that gave the owner a sense of compensation.

Too bad.

Anonymous said...

Agreed (with Survivaltopics and anonymous). If someone wanted to pitch a tend and squat on a corner of my back 40, why should I care? I'm not using it anyway. We could probably come to some kind of mutually beneficial understanding.

Rus said...

Locally, there's some land near a local highway that is apparently a squatter camp.

At least, that's what people driving by can tell from the tarps strung near a hill. Seems a decent location, given that it's close to water.