Life in the Slow Lane

Their owners used to be poor people parked at the edge of town. Newlyweds, retirees and blue-collar workers with flimsy jobs bought mobile homes because they could not afford anything better. Able to avoid the cost of land, they had only to rent a space and pay for the utilities supplied by operators of the lots that sprang up in American towns during the 1950s. When interest rates and construction costs shot up during the past few years, houses delivered on wheels suddenly gained new popularity. Almost 11 million Americans now live in...

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