Rather than turn the portables into affordable housing, they could be repurposed for small businesses and entrepreneurs who otherwise couldn’t afford downtown rents. The parking lot owner gets rent for the spaces the portable occupies, and the city gets improved urban form as the ugly interior of the parking lot is hidden by a curtain of portables—aka storefronts. Parking lots tend to have a corrosive effect on surrounding properties, so anything is better than nothing (or just parked cars). Even better, once they do their job in one place, the portables can be relocated to resuscitate another struggling block someplace else.
Monday, June 6, 2011
I don't know if I've posted this since I'm a bit behind, but here is a link and excerpt from my latest D Magazine column on solving the PreFab/Modular question (necessary for pop-ups and mass production) via repurposing DISD trailers: