Business model of mobile home parks exposes economic vulnerability of Colorado tenants who have nowhere else to go

Denver • In the Aurora mobile home park where she lived for 16 years, eviction notices kept coming to Petra Bennett’s door — for unauthorized guests, lack of insurance, late rent. They were bogus threats to make the single mother leave. And eventually, she did. In Federal Heights, Karla Lyons’ waitressing wages are eaten up by a constant stream of home and yard repairs ordered by her park manager, including removal of a giant maple tree that fell on her patio roof and crushed it. She would move if she could afford it. And in Boulder, Greg Gustin carries a knife in the pocket of his jeans while on duty as manager of a 1950s-era mobile home park that is one of the sketchiest spots in town. When a resident was accused of strangling his wife last year and leaving her to die in the manager’s office, Gustin pulled surveillance video to defend himself to police. Across Colorado, where the housing crisis impacts both rural and urban towns, the strife between mobile home park residents and park owners is approaching a boiling point. The business model — in which homeowners pay lot rent to park their houses on someone else’s land — exposes the immobility and economic vulnerability of tena...

Top Accessories for Adventurous Toyota Tacoma Owners

Off-road enthusiasts have a love affair with the Toyota Tacoma. On sale in the U.S. since 1995, the Tacoma is tried and true from years of tackling challenging terrain. The midsize truck can be found on beginner trails and expert off-road courses every weekend. Owners of midsize trucks like the Tacoma are more likely to modify their vehicles than owners of other vehicles, according to the Specialty Equipment Market Association. Its 2016 study found that midsize truck owners buy more exterior, lighting and safety parts than the average pickup buyer. Toyota offers a wide range of accessories for the Tacoma. They include helpful parts like running boards, mud flaps, all-weather floor mats and bed extenders. But many owners look to go a step above those light mods. Toyota is the longtime sales leader in the segment. The automaker sold more than 48,000 Tacomas in the first quarter of 2019, for 43 percent of the midsize pickup market. General Motors sold 34,000 Chevrolet Colorados in the same time period for second place. Nissan sold 20,000 Frontiers to take third place. The Tacoma built a dedicated following by staying in the market as GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles left dur...