Inside or Outside?

Housing prices in Phoenix have skyrocketed with the influx of Californians. With their excess cash, they are “California-ing” the houses including the addition of concrete block fencing in front of the house, and sometimes all the way across the front of the property, albeit a low one.

For now.

They’re beginning to remind of me this picture I took in a residential neighborhood in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil in 2012. It’s the top of a block wall seven feet high, has an electric fence atop that, and if you look carefully, you’ll see broken glass embedded in the cement to further discourage the undesirables.

In the movie Jurassic Park, the animals were inside the electric fence. In Brazil, they are outside.

So, who is in the cage in your neighborhood, and who is running free on the street?

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