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June 7, 2009

Eviction Update

Moore eviction floating toy.jpg

Do you remember the powerful photos by Getty’s John Moore of an eviction in Lafayette, Colorado back in February (1, 2)?

The SFGate ran this photo from a new series. The image shows a child’s doll, its face just barely above the water in a basin, as a couch is carted away in the background. Beyond the paradoxically bright colors and symbols of childhood, one has only to glimpse this image to intone the question: how many people suffering the recession are just barely keeping their heads above water?

(image: John Moore/Getty Images. caption: An eviction team removes belongings left behind during foreclosure proceedings on a home June 3, 2009 in Lafayette, Colorado. The owners had stopped making their mortgage payments, and the bank foreclosed on the house with a court order. The former owners had moved out days before. As the national unemployment rate continues to rise nationwide, many Americans are falling further behind in their rent and mortgage payments, resulting in more evictions and foreclosures. Via SFGate.com)

  • http://www.angstcorner.com Jagan

    This is sad .Things just seem to be going from bad to worse.Wonder when normalcy will return.
    Incidentally there is an interesting website that is specifically dedicated to recession victims.It offers help and discusses all issues related to recession- http://www.angstcorner.com. It’s worth a visit!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/bagnews Michael Shaw (The BAG)

    Jagan, can you check the link?

  • jtfromBC

    Michael the link worked for me when I pasted it on google, or try
    AngstCorner.com – Recession, Global Recession, Economic Recession …
    cheers, jt

  • dada

    Bag, I think I recognize what you’re calling a “basin” because we’ve got several of them. It’s a Rubbermaid container (tall kitchen trash can size) that has a separate lid, which means quite a lot of toys probably piled into the container with the lid on, but somehow the lid came off and it rained… And it’s all somehow even more sad.

  • yg

    people in trouble are also described as having mortgages that are underwater.
    warren buffet describe the crisis as an economic pearl harbor.
    pearl harbor-sized disasters demand to be investigated. victims of the economy have a right to know how this situation was allowed to occur and what should be done to prevent another collapse. a commission was created and hearings held to investigate the great depression. another one is needed now.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-kuttner/a-real-pecora-commission_b_209572.html

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