A Lot of Homes on One Lot
Why have one home on one lot when you
can have multiple homes on one lot?
It’s like your own small neighborhood within a neighborhood. All you need is to do something debatably illegal and build not just one but as many houses on your lot as you can.
And that’s what I’ve done.
The houses are hard to live in. They’re very tall and rickety. I don’t really know how to build houses. I don’t know what it takes to make them “safe” to reside inside of, but I do know how to fit them into a much smaller space than you would be able to fit a normal-sized, individual home.
Some people call the homes that I’ve put together, these tiny houses that occupy a single lot meant for a single home, “cages.” They say that more than anything else, you’ll be trapped in one of the cages I rattle if you should decide to join me and live in a house, here.
I say, in a certain sense, because of the bars and box-like quality of each enclosure, these do share a resemblance to cages. That’s what I say.
(And I keep my literal rattling of them to an absolute minimum.)
But one’s your house and think about how grateful you should be for that!
I mean, none of them are your home (as I own the lot and all that exists on the lot) but you can live in one for a cost. And while it’s expensive, the cost, consider this: you get to be here.
Think of all the places where that can’t be said. You can’t live underwater, for one example.
These lots of homes on one lot are way less flooded, except for a bunch near the bottom of the stacks, than a home that existed submerged below the surface of a lake or an ocean would be.
All of the proceeds to selling you one home for a monthly repeated fee on a lot that contains many are used to finance purchase of still more lots, on which -- you guessed it -- more homes will be built. Let that sink in for a minute. You are essentially helping to build homes, many houses that I own.
You get to be part of something, that.
Matt Rowan lives in Los Angeles. He currently edits Untoward Magazine. He’s author of two story collections, Big Venerable (CCLaP, 2015), Why God Why (Love Symbol Press, 2013) and another, How the Moon Works, forthcoming from Cobalt Press. He’s also a contributing writer and voice actor for The Host podcast series. His short story, “The Ok Grocery Store Corral,” was long-listed by The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions 2013. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in TRNSFR, Spork, Always Crashing, Grimoire, and Necessary Fiction, among others.