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Meet the folk heroine who left her mark on the face of gentrification

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In the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, there's a shopping complex with a strange hole in the center of the building. Inside that gap sits a tiny house with an amazing story that some say inspired Pixar's UP, and became a symbol of community pride.

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Edith Macefield wasn't your average senior citizen. At 84 years old, she saw the quirky little neighborhood of Ballard becoming more and more gentrified. Old houses were being replaced with boutique shops and diners replaced with condos. When developers came knocking on her little two-story home with plans to bulldoze her neighbors and build a shopping mall, she refused to sell, even after they offered her a million dollars.

Read more about Edith Macefield's Tiny House, and the reason she refused to sell it, at Roadtrippers.

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