American Scene: The Squatters of Miffland

The student ghetto has become a familiar part of the university city, an often dilapidated, cloistered seedbed for experiments in living. At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the ghetto is Miffland—a six-block area of shabby frame homes standing precariously in the orbit of the University, the state capitol and downtown Madison. Three months ago, a small group of Mifflanders occupied four homes, paid no rent and refused to get out; later they declared the houses community property. They are still there, amid mounting controversy. TIME Correspondent Rich Rein toured the rhetorical barricades...

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