The Shady Oak Trailer Park applied for Historic status
yesterday. Known as the most seedy trailer park in the city, Shady
Oak residents nevertheless are quite proud of their shabby little
"We're afraid some yuppy developer will come along,"
explained Randy Flag, Shady Oak manager, "and buy the land, kick us
out, and build a new Walgreens."
A sunny day at the historic Shady Oak Trailer
City officials were surprised at the request, but
readily admitted the trailer park does qualify as an historic site.
"Some of those trailers are over 50 years old, and represent a
unique period of our heritage," explained Cindy South with the city
"That's just a bunch of white trash trying to get some
free money from City Hall," exclaimed Robert Diamond, owner of the
property next to Shady Oak. Diamond plans to oppose the historic
designation. "Don't those people realize that if they get historic
status, they won't be able to add air conditioners to their units,"
"No one here can afford no air conditioning,"Flag
Support for the historic designation increased with
distance from the
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