Small fridges make good cities

Interesting thought. If you’re forced to stop by the neighborhood market everyday on the way back to buy fresh ingredients for dinner or grab something to eat, would that result in a more vibrant city such as Paris and Tokyo, where small refrigerators are the norm? Personally I prefer the culture of walking to the neighborhood stores everyday to the culture of driving your SUV once a week to your nearest Costco. It’s fun to entertain the thought that big refrigerators led to suburban sprawl, the obesity epidemic, and global warming. If everyone was forced to have small refrigerators, what would be the downstream effects? Would Southern Californians actually start walking?

Our new house will have a standard size fridge by US standards but in most other countries it would be considered huge. The freezer is going to be too big for us, the only thing we ever put in the freezer is ice and ice cream. Its impossible to find refrigerators with tiny freezers.

Wonder if my wife will go for a Mini Cooper S matching fridge?

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3 Responses to Small fridges make good cities

  1. Don Chong says:

    Glad to hear you like the concept ‘Small Fridges Make Good Cities’… I’m proud to say I coined it, and used it for the title of my concept space at The Interior Design Show in Toronto this past February…

    You can check out:

    Also, these links, too:
    (scroll to bottom and click on link next to ‘Donald Chong’, at bottom right to hear the radio interview which explains how I came up with the phrase)

    May I ask how you heard about ‘Small Fridges Make Good Cities’?

    Take care,

    (from Toronto)

  2. says:

    Very nice stuff, thanks.

  3. 妻ですが says:


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