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City envy: we want tiny houses for the homeless like Detroit

Flo Wales Bonner

Thankfully, there’s more to America than its politics – particularly if you look at some of the small-scale initiatives currently happening across the country. And you can’t get smaller-scale than the village of tiny houses being built in Detroit right now as part of an innovative project.

Cass Community Social Services, a not-for-profit group, is constructing one-or-two-person homes ranging from 250 to 400 square feet on a plot of land in the city centre. Architecturally unique and taking no more than five weeks to build, the homes will be rented to low-income people including those who were previously homeless.

Residents have the option to eventually buy them and the project’s entirely privately funded, with grants from local businesses including Ford. With ideas this great, you’ve got to put your hands up for Detroit.

We’re also fans of the auto-queueing chairs in Yokohama.

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