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Honey, I Shrunk the Country
Legal Insurrection ^ | 10/21/12 | Joel Engel

Posted on 10/21/2012 9:08:27 AM PDT by markomalley

Micro housing.  It’s not just for the homeless anymore.  So says the New York Times.

Most people see a parking space and promptly back up into it; Tim McCormick sees one and thinks, “I could live here.”

Who would willingly choose to live in something with the footprint of a parking space (8x10x16 feet)? Millions already do, argues McCormick, a communications consultant: bedrooms, dorm rooms, motel rooms, hostels, mobile homes and the like. “I myself live comfortably in a converted one-car garage of 200 square feet,” he says, “which allows me to live inexpensively near downtown in super-expensive Palo Alto.”

The Times has run more stories on the, uh, growing movement to live in cramped spaces than it has on Benghazi.

But when you think about it, that’s entirely appropriate for the house organ of Barack Obama, the man who has systematically set out to cut America down to size.

Remember these oldies but goodies?

• “I do think that at a certain point, you’ve made enough money.

• “You didn’t build that.”

• “…there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”

• “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

• “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times… and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.”

It’s no wonder that, as the Weekly Standard‘s Jonathan V. Last discovered, America’s general fertility rate is now the lowest it’s ever been.

So don’t let anyone tell you that our president hasn’t accomplished anything of significance.  Based on his own words, he’s done just what he intended to do.  Imagine what he might accomplish with another four years.

As Obama’s own brother George is wont to say, a man’s home is his castle shanty.


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1 posted on 10/21/2012 9:08:29 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

A person needs 200 square feet for accommodations for eating, sleeping and personal grooming, a man and his wife need 400 square feet. Children need an additional 100 square feet each, birth through time they depart the home.

Anything larger than that is just to house your ego.

“Things” you just as well could put into storage somewhere.


2 posted on 10/21/2012 9:35:39 AM PDT by alloysteel ("If you are going to follow the road less traveled, at least consult your GPS first.".)
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To: alloysteel

I’m glad you don’t get to decide how much space I need. The more the better.


3 posted on 10/21/2012 9:38:04 AM PDT by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: markomalley

The “slumming down” of a once-great country...the “new normal” in Obama’s America.


4 posted on 10/21/2012 9:38:49 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: markomalley

How is it that I grew up “poor” but never cared about people living in mansions?
If anything the greedy reliefers bothered me more.

Otherwise,what do I care if someone lives in a tent or a mansion?
As long as they aren’t harming themselves or others.


5 posted on 10/21/2012 9:41:19 AM PDT by Leep (Forward! to serfdom)
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To: alloysteel
I have lived on a 27 foot sailboat for 22 years. The last 16 years with my wife. It is a great life.
6 posted on 10/21/2012 9:43:08 AM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: markomalley
“which allows me to live inexpensively near downtown in super-expensive Palo Alto.”

He is probably making a lot of money, at least for some other areas of the country.

There are a couple of trends here. The first is towards smaller housing, which isn't really that bad. In the housing boom, we were buying McMansions as status symbols, and it distored the expectations of what we thought was normal. These micro houses, on the other hand, are not that different from the normal of 1900. People then would buy tiny houses for cash, and add onto them themselves after a while.

The second trend is one I know of in the tech industry. We have long made more money than average, but often are contractors who live far from the houses we pay for and the families we have. People commute across the country to their jobs and leave their families behind. The lifestye is of a poor person, not upper middle income.

This man in Palo Alto may have his wife and kids in another city.

7 posted on 10/21/2012 9:48:48 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: markomalley
“I myself live comfortably in a converted one-car garage of 200 square feet,” he says, “which allows me to live inexpensively near downtown in super-expensive Palo Alto.”

Tell me where, and I'll see that city code enforcement dismantles your "home" posthaste.

Then you can work on policy to provide Palo Alto with economic liberty.

8 posted on 10/21/2012 9:57:16 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: alloysteel
A person deciding what he realistically needs is wise.

But someone who thinks it is his place to decide what someone else needs is a fool who needs his nose broken until he learns to keep it in his own business.

9 posted on 10/21/2012 9:58:29 AM PDT by hopespringseternal
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To: markomalley
“I myself live comfortably in a converted one-car garage of 200 square feet,” he says, “which allows me to live inexpensively near downtown in super-expensive Palo Alto.”

By all means, brag about your converted garage hovel, douchebag...

10 posted on 10/21/2012 10:01:44 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NE1, NC, FL, VA, OH, CO, IA, NV, NH = 291EV)
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To: alloysteel

Very soviet of you. In America, we don’t fill our needs, we fill our wants. From each according to his ability, to each according to his NEEDS.
In America, it’s about getting what you want. IE,,The pursuit of happiness.


11 posted on 10/21/2012 10:15:58 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Vince Ferrer
In the housing boom, we were buying McMansions as status symbols

One problem with the "McMansions" is that they were often on far too small of lot. I would much rather have a smaller house and a few acres of land. But then that doesn't match with the New York Times' push for the new urbanization.

12 posted on 10/21/2012 10:19:50 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: Chuckster

I’m literally in the same boat...except my little cruiser is on the Atlantic side, and no Admiral.

Picked it up last year of Bush’s presidency, it helped me weather the economic crisis very well. Advertised as “hurricane damaged”, turned out to only have a few scratches and a running diesel, sail away for $4500.

Now when I’m on the hook my $50 smartphone is my only bill, tieing up at a marina with water, power, laundry, cable is $250mo in N Jax.

Fair winds...


13 posted on 10/21/2012 10:29:53 AM PDT by Tuanedge (The buffalo hates the tiger, but the tiger loves the buffalo.)
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To: beandog; hopespringseternal; DesertRhino

I suppose I should have included the “/sarcasm” tag.

It is not for me, or anybody, to decide how ostentatiously somebody may wish to live. That is a matter for their own conscience, their pocketbook, and desire to please those with whom he (or she) may choose to cohabit with.

I was merely stating the irreducible minimum upon which accommodations could be still be termed “housing” and not imprisonment.

But hey, select your own jail.


14 posted on 10/21/2012 10:32:34 AM PDT by alloysteel ("If you are going to follow the road less traveled, at least consult your GPS first.".)
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To: alloysteel

I think if I lived by myself I could comfortably live with little space, although I get very anxious when in small spaces.

I currently live in about a 3000 square foot home. Three adults, two dogs and a bird live here. I feel like I’m stepping on people or animals all the time. I need “me” space that is not filled with a lot of crap. I can’t stand going in the den that is my husband’s territory. There is not a nook or cranny that doesn’t have some time of crap in it or on it. I have begged him to quick bringing crap home but he doesn’t listen. Since the dogs have not learned yet to pick up their toys or treats, I’m constantly picking them up too.

In the end I think people should live in whatever size house they want and can afford. There are a lot of big homes around me and I love them. I’m glad that there are people that can afford to buy them.


15 posted on 10/21/2012 10:43:16 AM PDT by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: markomalley

There is a need for a lot of diversity in living quarters that people might choose to live in. The trick is that they are the ones who choose, based on their “opportunity costs”.

That is, if you are a starving college student, who doesn’t have a whole lot of stuff, something like a Japanese “tube motel room” makes a lot of sense, if it is inexpensive enough so you have money for other things of more value to you.

Yet the same student, if they don’t drink beer, might vie for something roomier, that costs more, like a dorm room. Others might be willing to share a suburban house and split the rent with several other tenants. Others might save a bundle by living with their parents.

In all cases, it is what they want, based in the opportunity costs of their choices.


16 posted on 10/21/2012 10:47:39 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: markomalley; pookie18
OBAMA SHRUNK
17 posted on 10/21/2012 10:51:58 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: markomalley

Lets see. One pResident, one wife, two kids and a gramma.(dog stays in the yard) Thats 800 sq. feet needed. Just the size of a two car garage. I’m sure O and Moochelle would be willing to trade that big white inner city monstrosity for something more plebeian./Sarc


18 posted on 10/21/2012 11:16:23 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: alloysteel

any storage space needs to count for this to be true. this is like the guy who saved money for a year by leeching off his neighbor’s wifi and “borrowing” their paper to read before putting it back. and he was so proud of how much he saved, the little narcissistic parasite.
my model stash and workshop alone are 400 square feet by itself. plus 18 bookcases.

i agree after a certain point i don’t need to make any more money NUT THAT IS MY DECISION not some bureaucratic wanker in the FFFG.


19 posted on 10/21/2012 11:35:51 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (if the little things really annoy you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
There is a need for a lot of diversity in living quarters that people might choose to live in. The trick is that they are the ones who choose, based on their “opportunity costs”.

Very well spoken. The zoning nazis have reduced choices dramatically. They are the reason that inexpensive housing is hard to find.

20 posted on 10/21/2012 12:37:20 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Chuckster
Day 7 Paused for errands.
21 posted on 10/21/2012 1:56:28 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: marktwain

There are lots of other reasons. For example, in a given area, when wages go up, rents invariably rise as a consequence, and with increase taxes based on those raises, workers may end up earning less.

Lessors also tend to jack up prices around universities, military posts, and other places where they are assured renters who need to live there.


22 posted on 10/21/2012 2:34:53 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Lessors also tend to jack up prices around universities, military posts, and other places where they are assured renters who need to live there.

Yes, the economic law of supply and demand is still in effect. Still, where there is a demand, and it is technologically and economically feasible, someone will usually create the supply.

I think there would be a demand for inexpensive dormitory type housing without the control by the university, military, or other concentrators of population. It is possible that land nearby has become so valuable that rents need to be high to pay for it, but I believe that zoning ordinances have driven up housing costs considerably.

23 posted on 10/21/2012 3:52:42 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

I’ve heard stories back to the 1940s about collusion between lessors in college towns to block new construction, and often to arrange kickbacks from the universities for placements. And the universities, for their part, wanting to force students to live in dorms.

It’s all about the money. On the plus side, at least back then, returning veterans refused to play ball with a lot of the rackets, and they were not men to be taken lightly.


24 posted on 10/21/2012 6:15:11 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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