I used to live in the Ukranian Village for a decade. The various apartments where I lived, while quaint and charming, had tiny closets, if they had any at all. The reason that I heard why closets were either very small or non-existent was for property taxes. That is, the homeowner would be taxed less with less closets because less closets meant that the homeowner had very little possessions and, therefore, did not deserve to be taxed at a higher rate. I think it was just the unique style of building but others insist it is the whole tax thing. Which is it?