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Squalor and Splendour in A Big-city Shantytown

eBook - 2011
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A personal account of life in Tent City, twenty-seven lawless acres near the Toronto waterfront where the largest hobo town on the continent existed until its residents were moved out and the site cleared by bulldozers in Fall 2002.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Vintage Canada, [2011]
ISBN: 9780307368492
0307368491
Characteristics: 1 online resource :,ill., maps

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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 26, 2014

At once appalling and uplifting, this is the true story of Bishop-Stall’s time living in a “tent city” right in the middle of downtown Toronto. It’s an anarchic group of fugitives, drug addicts, prostitutes, dealers and ex-cons who have created their own society where your life can depend on knowing the rules. As he makes his own place in their midst, Bishop-Stall finds his heart and spirit slowly mending.

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SunKing2
Mar 27, 2011

Young man lives for nearly a year in Toronto's Tent City; a story of fights, drug abuse, conflicts, and friends in a place that was controversial in its very existence.

The author creates his home out of trash that is everywhere around him in this place and survives.

Also check out the book "The Moneyless Man", where a man tries to live without a job, support of friends, the use of money in any way, and try to survive for a year.

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