Slab City, California — ‘The Last Free Place in America’ | On the Streets Ep. 11 excerpt

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This is a clip of Andrew from Wales, who has been living in Slab City for the last three months.

“Freedom here can mean freedom to fall to the gutter, to fall through the cracks. You’re free to just disappear. This is still a microcosm of the outside society. It doesn’t have any different answers. It really doesn’t. This is freedom in the same way. You have the freedom to get yourself a junkyard, collect all those old goodies. Put a fence out. Be aggressively hostile to protect what is yours. Or you have the freedom to share. Or you have the freedom to do absolutely nothing.
Until other people might point to you where the water is. Clean your ass up. Because at least you need to do that.”
— Andrew from Wales

In the ninth episode of ‘On the Streets,’ Lisa Biagiotti visits Slab City to see what the future of homelessness looks like. Off the grid, 190 miles southeast of Los Angeles, she tours this desert outpost with Phil, a young traveler passing through in a purple bus. She talks to Stickman, who has settled on a concrete slab of this former military training base after 30 years on the road. At a community board meeting, she learns that Jack has lost the resident election, and may be the first person ever evicted from Slab City because of gentrification.

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