Who Needs a McMansion?

A row of row houses.

A row of row houses.

This block houses eight families, right in that row of…row houses. These Lawrenceville row houses have always fascinated me—one room wide and three stories tall, tiny back yard and only a stoop out front. Sometimes a dozen family members lived in one, children growing up and going all through school, grandparents and aunts and uncles moving in or out, on that little narrow street. They were inexpensive, convenient to work in the mills, to whatever church you’d want to attend and to schools, and public transportation was always available as well as shopping right in walking distance. It’s amazing to see what is considered a family home today.

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