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Meet the Rhode Island couple who lived in the mall. Michael Townsend and Adriena Yoto spent four years developing their apartment hidden in a nook within the Providence Place Mall. "They camouflaged themselves, carrying empty Nordstrom bags and wearing mall outfits—nice slacks and button-down shirts....They made a bed of cardboard and insulation tiles where they spent cold nights, not risking capture by using the mall off-hours. They washed up—it was dusty—in mall bathrooms, while Yoto arrived at the porcelain sink in the Origins store each morning, sampling its face cleansers. Occasionally, they leafed through books at Borders." Crazy—but as the article's author points out, given NYC's current retail make-up, don't we all sort of live in the mall? [Salon]