My Closet, My Castle
One of the key principles of Smart Growth is compact development, which means “communities be designed in a way which permits more open space to preserved, and that buildings can be constructed which make more efficient use of land and resources.”
For Smart Growthers, one upshot to the economic recession that is putting such a squeeze on people is that they’re exploring innovative compact designs. Sergio Santos is one such person. He has turned a closet into his dwelling.
The “room” is equipped with a small microwave oven and a mini-refrigerator. He shares a community bathroom with other renters on the same property. The closet is part of a living space above a restaurant.
Not only is he practicing the principle of compact design, Sergio is also living in a mixed-use development. That’s a Smart Growth two-fer!