For the wealthiest citizens, there were "palace hotels." White-collar workers lived in "midpriced mansions." Working-class laborers occupied "cheap lodging houses." At the very bottom of the market were the flophouses
Taking an unconventional tack, the boutique on the Bowery -- where flophouses
have given way to luxury condos -- seems like a ghost of CBGB's past.
If he sells about 25-30 copies per day, he can earn about 3,000 yen, enough for three bento lunches from the convenience store and a night in a flophouse
. This is the first step-to sleep with a roof over his head.
Last week, intrepid neuroscientific sleuth Sarah Bellum tracked down a haggard-looking consciousness at one the brain's seamiest flophouses
, only to let her elusive quarry slip away,
Nickel and Dimed exposes the anti-America of flophouses
, multiple house sharing, employees sleeping in cars, and the homeless who work forty hours or more weekly.
Inside these lodging houses, or flophouses
, men can still get a cubicle with a bed and a bare bulb for as little as $4.50 a night.
The fleabag motel down the street charged $17.50 per night per person; the flophouses
of Madison Street, $7 per night.
Domestic violence, street crime and drug trade were rampant, especially in the areas dominated by flophouses
and derelict buildings.
Most basically, Fowler's goal and achievement in writing this book is simply to bring to the attention of the English-reading audience the fact that such a world -- homeless men, flophouses
, and grinding, dangerous labour -- even exists in present day Japan.
By the early 1930s, drug sellers conducted a street-comer trade, no longer able to rely on long-term fixed locations, and more dependent on a series of flophouses
and cheap apartments.
Bodies are strewn every which way - inside cars, in flophouses
, on sidewalks - in gauche slumber.
Cruise ships run the gamut from floating flophouses
to heaven in a hull.
During my years of research among "hard-core" adolescent delinquents and persistent adult criminals who cycle between sidewalks and cellhouses, we hung out together on street corners and in alleys and bars, missions and flophouses
, jail and prison cells, and places where drugs were sold.
There were also bars and flophouses
and cheap hotels across the street.