... but then there's Nickelsville, an independent tent city with a little more style:
So, less "hippie campout" and more "apartment with a realllllyyy open floor plan."
Oh, and a fence. We'll get to the importance of that in a moment:
Let's just say there's a lot more to it than just supporting that friendly looking picket gate.
We met up with some former Nickelsville residents, who call themselves "Nickelodeons" (really). The residents "pay" for their stay with work around the camp -- three four-hour security shifts per week and one four-hour clean-up shift per month. Depending on whom you ask, the system is either a well-oiled machine or barely works (leaders we talked to say between 50 percent and 90 percent of residents did their hours without having to be hassled, which is probably better luck than you had with, say, your last college group project).
Though, in fairness, failing remedial psychology wouldn't result
in your group living under an overpass.