|Don't call them trailer trash
||[Apr. 30th, 2006|01:30 pm]
The American Caliban
In my part of Orange County, affordable housing is rare. One of the disappearing features of the landscape is the trailer park. We used to have quite a few around here but one by one they're disappearing to be replaced with more familiar suburban things like parking lots and office buildings. The one down the street from me exists solely because the land is owned by a family that is resistant to change and has lots of money already, for example.
Until recently there was a trailer park on the campus of UC Irvine, where my father was charter faculty in 1965. The University, being college administrators, needed a new parking lot, so off it went. But not after some spirited student resistance from ornery and inventive graduate students!
A film has been made of the last days of Irvine Meadows West: http://trailerparkfilm.com/
I recommend seeing the trailer. It's a bit hippiebongoburningman but gives a good idea of the scene. One of my college friends from the 80s, Maggie Sullivan, was involved in this scene but I don't see her in the trailer. I mean the movie trailer, not the actual trailers in the movie about trailers.