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The Return of the Flophouse

Once upon a time a century ago, the poor, young, and single could find a room at a flophouse to stay in for 35 cents a night ($8 in today’s dollars). As housing standards were developed, flophouses became illegal in the U.S.

Slate has an excerpt from Alan Durning’s new book, Unlocking Home: Three Keys to Affordable Communities, which argues, in part, why flophouses should make a comeback.