The 1962 song by Malvina Reynolds (and perhaps made famous by the TV show "Weeds") proclaims:
Little boxes on the hillside | Little boxes all the same | And they're all made out of ticky tacky | And they all look just the same.
At first glance, Collins Crossing Apartments look like about 200 little boxes, nestled away in an almost-suburb, two miles from UNC Chapel Hill's campus. But just like anywhere else, the boxes are filled with lives and stories, not just from North Carolina but from all over the world.
Carrboro, North Carolina, (located right next to Chapel Hill) is a beautiful mix of families, students, individuals young and old from all over, particularly Latin America. Collins Crossing is a microcosm of all the ways in which different people live their lives, and how they make them into their own from the tiny boxes they live in.
This project, a work in progress, documents those lives.