Column: Places like Ghost Ship, site of the deadly disaster in Oakland, have kept us alive

There are no words to convey the heartbreak felt by those closest to the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire.

Source: Column: Places like Ghost Ship, site of the deadly disaster in Oakland, have kept us alive

“They don’t understand why we don’t just live in a $3,000/mo. apartment where everything is safe and sterile and clean; why we live in a warehouse, or a garage, or an attic or shed or laundry room; why there is a mattress on the floor with a space heater where there normally would be a Queen size bed with a duvet and a nightstand and central heating.”

Interesting post on the Ghost Ship, young people, and not fitting into a box.

8 thoughts on “Column: Places like Ghost Ship, site of the deadly disaster in Oakland, have kept us alive

  1. JoAnna

    Thanks for sharing this, Deborah. I’m going to think of those who died as making art and dancing somewhere else, somewhere where that feels like a safe home, where they are loved and free.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I think that there should be affordable and safe housing. People need to be educated about the fire hazards. So many young people are so idealistic and they do not realize the dangers but we have to have spaces for people to be creative and feel a sense of community as well. Thanks, Dan. ❤

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      1. Deborah Drucker Post author

        I appreciate it when run down sections of cities are refurbished but when they become so gentrified that working people are poorer people are displaced it is not good. Affordable housing is a big problem in the SF Bay Area and LA too.

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