I was watching some stupid cable show on Christmas Day about so-called “tiny houses.” I believe that the SWPL types who idolize “tiny homes” are so out of touch with regular America that they are totally unaware that tiny homes have existed for decades and large numbers of people live in them.
The fact is, tiny home communities DO exist. We call them mobile home parks.
Mobile homes are tiny. They are portable. They are efficient designs that are very affordable. Why have the tiny house proponents overlooked them?
Because hippies don’t live in them, rednecks do.
Hippies are too good to park their homemade tiny homes in a mobile home park because that’s where the lower classes live. They don’t want to admit that their choice to simplify looks an awful lot like just being poor.
Stop whining about city planners, vacation rentals and McMansions. There are tiny home communities all around you and you don’t even see them because you consider them unwashed masses. We poor folks have been living tiny for a lot longer than you hippies. You might actually LEARN something from us if you didn’t consider us beneath your notice.
I especially like the observation that living in a tiny house “looks an awful lot like just being poor.”
The real dilemma facing adherents of the “tiny house movement” is how can they live in a tiny house and also have only college-educated neighbors? And preferably be within or a short commute from a SWPL power center like Manhattan or San Francisco. And preferably, the tiny house should somehow not look low-class despite being tiny.
I figured out the solution: a zoning law that allows tiny houses only to be owned and lived in by people who have college degrees! Unfortunately, someone would probably find it unconstitutional. (And even then, it may attract the wrong kinds of college graduates.)