Wisconsinites are fond of their garages.
Twentieth-century structures meant to shelter the automobile, garages and what’s inside them have historically embodied the current standard of living for Americans.
In the 1928 presidential campaign, for example, “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage” was the slogan. Back then, owning a Tin Lizzie (Ford’s Model T) was a sign of prosperity for middle-class Americans. Garages became part of the booming new car culture.
Today, garages are still a place to park the Ford. Yet garages have become so much more. We store recyclables, weekly trash, compost buckets, children’s toys, strollers, lawn mowers, garden equipment, snow throwers, wood chippers, ATVs, UTVs, sporting goods and recreational items including boats.
We hold rummage sales, schedule band practice, start businesses, throw parties, build ramps for wheelchairs and…