cardboard city

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cardboard city

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(Social Welfare) informal an area of a city in which homeless people sleep rough, often in cardboard boxes
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But then George Osborne, the architect of all that terror - the man whose austerity addiction gave us the packed foodbank and the return of cardboard cities across the UK - gifted her his safe seat.
Its website states: "Begun in 1993 when 'cardboard cities' were at their height, campaigning soon developed into practical action and over the years initiatives such as assisted housing for the young, a rent deposit scheme and furniture restoration have been part of SCAH's work." This week extra support has been offered to the area's rough-sleepers through a partnership between St Mary's Hospice and St Basils homeless charity, both based in Birmingham.
In the Japanese films of the 50s, Godzilla was played by a bloke in a monster suit destroying cardboard cities.