Housing Crisis Breeds a New Generation of Squatters


What should be done with the million or so foreclosed homes in the country? We've seen their empty swimming pools used as skateboarding parks. We've seen programs aiming to transform them into rehabber's dreams. And we've heard plenty about turning that empty housing stock into affordable homes.

That last idea appeals to a subgroup of young Americans who are resurrecting a movement that blossomed in the 1980s: squatting. According to Salon.com, a new generation sees the tragedy of foreclosure as an opportunity: not for real estate speculation but to proffer an anti-capitalist message; to beat the system and to reclaim bank-owned housing for those who need it.