--news from Robert Neuwirth--
I recently (January 2020) signed a contract with Beacon Press for a new book of reportage on the economics of community.
I'm also working on a collection of short stories about economics called The Book of Derivatives.
Backstory: I've written two previous books: Stealth of Nations (on the global growth of the informal economy) & Shadow Cities (on the global growth of squatter communities).
I live in New York City and do most of my writing on manual typewriters.
Apparently it IS a "crime", since the man using the house was arrested. I suppose pirating electricity (etc) is a pretty straightforward criminal activity, but taking up residence in an abandoned property is more abiguous.
We need to create networks--maybe branches of existing organizations for the homeless could be developed--through which people can find & make use of the increasing numbers of abandoned houses due to foreclosures.
If this process could be legitimized, possibly with the cooperation of local banks, the residents could trade upkeep work on the house and yard for utilities.
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