In a city that only recently discovered itself, it’s no surprise that land has grown so valuable so quickly. One result is the paradox of bigger-than-ever buildings filled with smaller-than-ever units. We live and work in spaces once used as closets. Three-hundred-square-foot apartments are no longer unusual. Toronto has become a city of Murphy beds.
But when Joshua Campos opened The Coffee Lab at Spadina Ave. and Richmond St. W. several months ago, he took less-is-more to least-is-most. As long as he remains upright, his telephone booth-sized cafe has just enough room for him and his equipment. Customers, who wait on the sidewalk, are served through a window. That will change next week when the bench Campos ordered is finally delivered.