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Photograph by Michael Trummerkind

Mall Living

Artist Michael Townsend and his wife, Adriana Yoto, lived in a 750-square-foot space, rent-free, for four years. The Providence, R.I., couple managed to build an apartment inside the parking garage of a mall, all the while evading mall personnel and security.

By Howard Wen

Thirty-six-year-old Michael Townsend and Adriana Yoto, 29, unofficially (and illegally) established a residence within Providence Place, a behemoth shopping and entertainment complex. In 2003, they took over an empty 750-square-foot storage room, which was walled off on three sides, in the mall’s parking garage.

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