Written by Bill Kopp | Photos by Anthony Harden
At some point in one’s adult life, it’s likely that the need for self-storage will arise. Even Americans who aren’t hoarders seem to accumulate more “stuff”—to invoke late comedian George Carlin’s classic observations on the matter—than they have space for. And any number of situations can occur that require temporary—or even long-term—storage of possessions in an off-site, purpose-built facility.
Remarkably, a mere two generations ago, the concept of self-storage hadn’t even been devised. Today, according to industry blog SpareFoot, there are nearly 50,000 storage facilities in the United States, representing total rentable storage space of 1.7 billion square feet.
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