The problem is at the end of the day it all needs to be paid for,extended stay hotels of the past and even buy a house and chop it up into cheap sleeping rooms sharing a kitchen and bath days are past.
The extended stay hotels and the houses that I mentioned were created out of demand for housing in an rapidly expanding city at the time,just like many other cities.But while they were okay in the 60s and 70s they aged and the upkeep became expensive.
Then the drug times came in and they became a haven for crime which even further sealed their fate.Then zoning came into play as another tool to remove the desirable.
It is one thing not to be hung up on material possessions but without a basic roof over ones head it becomes a life of being transient based.
It is an interesting conundrum considering the costs of everything but shared housing has always existed,buy a large house and rent out the rooms,but the days of flop houses are over even though they served a need it became more of a collective which did not bode well with neighbors.
Places like the Blues ship,Russel,Packard are one of many that come and go,their whole concept is not based on a long term aspect so their life span by nature is short.
Artist collectives in large old buildings will only last until the value of the property dictates another use then they are gone,to not have a wish for material possessions is okay but it also must be understood is that in that mindset one is controlled by something worse and that is your life is dictated by others.
One does not need a million dollar house or a brand new car,$500 sneakers or whatever one only needs a stable roof over their head and be able to pay their own way,that is the difference in being hung up on material possessions and being at the point where your daily life is in essence dictated by others.
It is not disrespectful and if someone is comfortable in that form more power to them,kinda like the days with the Hobo train hoppers,it did not make them bad people they just had a different outlook on life.
Not sure what the answer is,life has compromises,one just needs to find that balance that they are comfortable with,but with all of those creative artists in one place you would think that they could come up with a creative idea that would work,that is a lot of brain power in one spot.Somebody had to come up with the youth hostel aspect which seems to work well.
That whole Blues ship thing has had a major impact across the county and has sealed the fate of Russel and any other large industrial building in similar situations,the crackdown is happening in every city and it started the day after.