An Ore. subdivision for tough times: Tiny homes

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NORTH POWDER, Ore. (AP) -- A builder in Eastern Oregon thinks he has just the subdivision for people who are going through tough economic times and want to downsize. It would have 50 to 100 tiny homes.

The Oregonian newspaper reports that Rich Daniels, a former logger and gold miner, has been building minimalist homes for five years. Some are as small as 144 square feet. Others are about 400 square feet -- 800 with a loft.

Now he's proposing a subdivision outside North Powder, a small town along Interstate 84 in Eastern Oregon, but it may run up against land-use laws.

A solution could come, though, if the town annexes the land and extends utility lines.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com