One Year In, Madison's Village of Tiny Houses Wins Over Many Neighborhood Critics

Chris Barnes

Homeowner Chad Barnes probably has the best view in the neighborhood of the village of tiny houses that sprung up last fall on Madison’s East Side.

From his front porch, he can see the entirety of the site now being used to shelter formerly homeless people. It was an idea Barnes initially opposed.

“I think a lot of the resistance was a knee-jerk reaction, a ‘not-in-my-backyard’ reaction, and I had it at first, too,” said Barnes, 38, who signed a petition to fight the idea but has now changed his mind. “I think it’s actually added value to the neighborhood.”…

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