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Why Is California Shutting Down This Squatters’ Paradise?

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Slab City, a vibrant desert community perhaps best known as the “last free place in America” is in danger of being lost forever.

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Slab City’s East Jesus Not Waiting For Bulldozers To Arrive
KPBS – http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/apr/16/slab-citys-east-jesus-not-waiting-bulldozers-arriv/
“In the middle of the desert, a few hundred people live without electricity or running water in a squatter community called Slab City. On the same far-flung patch of desert in Imperial County, a community of artists is fighting to keep its land – and the art its residents have created. The artists’ collective is called East Jesus. The name is a colloquialism for “out in the middle of nowhere.”

Talk of a Sale Fills a Hippie Haven With Bad Vibes
New York Times – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/12/us/talk-of-land-sale-divides-southern-californias-slab-city-dwellers.html?_r=2
“Over the decades, the legend of Slab City as “The Last Free Place in America” has grown, fed by portrayals in magazines and film as an endless Woodstock. An unregulated squatter settlement, Slab City is home to perhaps 150 year-round residents – refugees from mortgages and bill collectors, former hippies, rebels and self-identified misfits – who live in personal camps made from old trailers, truck campers and crude lean-tos, and call themselves Slabbers. From October to April, the population swells to perhaps 2,000 as snowbirds, attracted by the guaranteed sunshine and zero fees, arrive in sometimes majestic motor homes.”

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Junk – http://junkee.com/east-jesus-slab-city/42230
“You might remember Slab City from Into The Wild; in Sean Penn’s 2007 film, Christopher visits Salvation Mountain, the glorious folk art monument that makes Slab City easy to spot from far around. East Jesus isn’t so easy to see from afar, but its reputation had well and truly bewitched Rene Calejo just one year after Into The Wild’s release.”

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