Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
On a small, triangular patch of grass bounded by alleyways in Stronghold, previously used as a makeshift parking lot, tiny houses are springing up. They’re officially uninhabited—the zoning code doesn’t allow alley dwellings of this sort, at least not yet—and some neighbors have complained about the loss of parking. But Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, who lives right across one of the alleys from the microdwellings on wheels, has been supportive, and really, what’s not to like? The creators see their project as a model of truly affordable housing and innovation and hope it’ll help spur the zoning changes needed to allow tiny homes, between 150 and 200 square feet, to proliferate in otherwise unused spaces.