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Monday, 23 April 2012

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A Facebook User

I too agree that less can be more (more or less). Last year, I spent a week at the Yotel (http://www.yotel.com/) in New York. The concept is that rooms are “Pods.” They’re not so small as to not be comfortable, but you get a bed that moves out of the wall, transforming from a day bed to a full bed and only a curtain divides the sleeping area from the bathroom. But, it’s clean, affordable, and offers enough amenities to make it a pleasant experience. Things life a refrigerator and a coffee maker are shared among the entire floor. Sure, you have to trust your neighbors not to steal (or poison) your leftovers, but – honestly – how often does that happen?
We have some significant hurdles to overcome, in order to get the average American to the point where they’re mobile, flexible and willing to live with less.
Beyond us loving our “things” so much, we are forgetting how to interact, how to have a conversation and how to be a neighbor. Even if we choose to spend our time with others at a local pub, public library or Panera’s, many of us aren’t getting the benefit of social intercourse. We work in our offices or cubicles, then we drive home.
Inventions such as the internal combustion engine and the roentgen tube have altered society greatly. Every neighborhood has a family (or ten) that comes home, pulls into the garage and spends their evenings watching television – or surfing the Net (yes, I realize that a variety of other non-vacuum-tube technologies are allowing us to watch pretty pictures). As I sit on my front porch watching this daily ritual, I also see empty sidewalks and expanding waistlines.
I have no doubt that some early adopters will jump on this, but with a society that’s out of shape, societally awkward and not willing to get rid of their “stuff,” we’re looking at a slow road to pod living.

A Facebook User

Great post, sir. The definition of everything is really changing. I have a friend who is on the road 70% of the year. He airbnb's his apartment in the East Village when he's out traveling the world. It's not really home. It's a place to sleep when he's back here. To him, home is the place where the people he loves is present. Mainly, a local coffee house down the street.

Add in the crazieness of the real estate market and new definitions are being born.

It's quite exciting!

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