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Design for Life: Slab City: Where Freedom’s Still Free

Slab City, a California squatter community, thrives without formal government or budget.

Made of reused materials, colorful "Salvation Mountain" has broadcast biblical messages for more than 20 years.
Photography By Michael Rauner
A handpainted welcome sign marks Slab City limits.
Photography By Vanda Nagy
Salvation Mountain's interior is adorned with an adobe and concrete "Salvation Tree."
Photography By Michael Rauner
An abandoned bus was once someone's home.
Photography By Vanda Nagy
A library "internut" station demonstrates the quirky humor and irreverent attitude evident throughout Slab City.
Photography By Vanda Nagy
Slab City's four libraries offer books on the honor system.
Photography By Vanda Nagy

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