Tiny houses are trendy, unless they go up next door

Mar 2012
New Hampshire
Lots of fighting going on all over about tiny houses.

Tiny homes have been promoted as the solution to all kinds of housing needs — shelter for the homeless, an affordable option for expensive big cities and simplicity for people who want to declutter their lives. But the same popularity that inspired at least six national TV shows about the homes often fails to translate into acceptance when developers try to build them next door.

In at least a dozen cases across the nation, neighbors organized to stop tiny house projects, including in Charlotte, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; San Jose, California; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Tallahassee, Florida; and Bend, Oregon. Sometimes the efforts moved ahead despite objections, but in many cases, the communities were blocked. The president of the American Tiny House Association said opposition arises even among people who feel an affinity for the homes.

“People say, ‘Tiny home are great and cool, and you can put that village anywhere but right across the street from my subdivision,'” said Chris Galusha, who is also a Fort Worth, Texas, area builder. “I think tiny homes are great and people can enjoy them if they like, but please don’t put them in our neighborhood,” said Joanna White Wolff, who fears existing home values could drop by $100,000 if the tiny development proceeds. “My home is my sanctuary, and it’s going to be destroyed by different thinking.” The homeless population in San Jose, California, is much larger — an estimated 4,000 people. That city would like to offer tiny houses as a solution, but one middle-class neighborhood has threatened to file a lawsuit.

“People are sympathetic toward the homeless, but to put this in an established neighborhood doesn’t make sense,” said Jon Kanter, a retiree who has lived in the neighborhood for nearly 40 years.

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Future Staff
Jan 2008
Most Insidious
It's all about people wanting to protect their property values.

Tiny houses and prisons... not in my backyard. :D
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Sep 2011
There are so many "powers that be" and other interests against tiny houses.

Contractors, builders, realtors, utilities, municipalities with their property taxes...

Well, instead of the tiny houses, perhaps they can put in another trailer park. :D

Thx :popcorn:
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Oct 2009
Financial interest always outpaces morality. And there's nothing like ganging up on the poor and the homeless to preserve it.
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Jul 2013
On a happy trail
It's all about people wanting to protect their property values.

Tiny houses and prisons... not in my backyard. :D
In my area where almost everyone has a guest or MIL unit on their property esp up valley, I say no problemo.

We have a combination medium security prison/mental health facility close by, too. Yet keep being voted the happiest city in the USA, maybe because we like to keep people drunk. But I expect after the fires we might lost that title for a few years.


Dec 2014
Not in my backyard, I got mine, screw everybody else, the American way
Australians are known for it as well. Not far from my hone there is a semi-rural property next to a cemetery that is designated for a crematorium. The Nimbys have gone full retard on this.

No crematorium! Even though there is a cemetery next door. Weird