Living in a Mall

Living in a Mall

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Aaron Able
Aug 15, 2008

What does "Home" mean to you? For the past four years, Adriana Yoto and Michael Townsend have called Providence Place mall in Providence, Rhode Island, "home." They crafted a secret apartment within the mall...

"After their experimental week, Yoto and Townsend returned regularly for four years, attempting to transform that storage space into a luxury apartment furnished by the mall. They built a wall with 39-pound cinder blocks that they hauled in themselves — there was plenty of hard physical labor involved in their attempt at the high life. They added sofas, tables, lamps, a TV, a china hutch and a Sony PlayStation (which was stolen while they lived there, which suggests their presence wasn't entirely secret), and stayed for days at a time. They planned to install pre-laminated wood flooring and a portable toilet."

Fascinating and informative: The couple who lived in a mall.

Pics: Stephanie Ewens

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