The value of a home

For the past week or so, I’ve been seeing stories in the news about the homes collapsing in Anaheim Hills. Homes? Mansions, actually. Story after story. This morning, I saw it twice.

The people on the treadmills next to me talked about what a damn shame it was. Terrible shame.

But I can’t help wonder, when I think about the homeless, begging for food on the street, all around Orange County, why this is such an important story. In all likelihood, these people were insured. And even if they weren’t, odds are they make enough money not to end up in the same situation as our many homeless are in. And yet, we never see stories in the news about the poor any more and it’s rare you hear people talking about them, other than to complain.

Sure, there’s a journalistic rule that applies here. The homeless are so plentiful that they’re no longer news, but how often do you see mansions falling down hillsides. But I thought I’d take a moment and speak up, because to lose your mansion isn’t the worst tragedy that can befall you.

3 Comments so far

  1. Michael Doss (unregistered) on February 15th, 2005 @ 8:51 am

    You’re absolutely right. Homelessness (and poverty in general) are huge problems that, like you said, don’t get much press because they’re no longer “news”.

    If it’s important, we have to speak up and speak out. We have a forum here that reaches a lot of people. Why not do something, even if it’s only raising some money? Local charities have been suffering lately because so much charity money’s been going to Tsunami relief. Why not do something here?


  2. Will Randall (unregistered) on February 15th, 2005 @ 10:35 pm

    I laughed my head off when I saw those homes fall off the hill. The AH has been known for years as one of the most unstable geological regions in SoCal and the mansion owners are getting what they deserve. Besides, the coverage of the homes collapsing shows how much our priorities are out of whack.


  3. ocswing (unregistered) on February 16th, 2005 @ 9:47 pm

    It says a lot about our society when you watch the news. Just like most people do the news tends to turn a blind eye towards poverty and the homeless. Everyone on a personal level should try and change this and to help out. And Michael brings up a good point. I don’t know how many people we reach but I’m sure we could set up something.

    Going along with Will as a funny aside. I don’t really think it’s funny that the houses ended up collapsing. But developers here like to build on unstable ground. It happened about 10 years ago farther up the hill. Pretty much the exact same thing. I live a couple miles above those houses, and really it hasn’t affected anything.



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