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San Franciscans Divide Over Pint-Size Apartments

"This city of sprawling Victorian homes and expansive harbor views has erupted into a fight over itty-bitty apartments. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors had been scheduled to vote on proposed legislation to change the building code to lower the minimum size for apartments, allowing developers to build so-called micro-units as small as 220 square feet But amid a fierce debate over housing set off by the micro-apartment proposal, lawmakers chose to postpone the vote until November.
   'We have a housing affordability crisis here; rents are through the roof,” said Scott Wiener, the city supervisor who introduced the legislation and who says tiny apartments will help provide affordable housing to single people, students and the elderly. While the city’s affordable housing advocates agree that there is a crisis, many feel the micro-apartments will only exacerbate the problem by catering to the young, high-tech set, further driving up rental prices.…
   …The average rent for a studio apartment in the city is $2,126, an increase of 22 percent since 2008, according to RealFacts, a company that tracks apartment rental data in cities across the country.…"
New York Times article 9/26/12 by Malia Wollan: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/us/micro-unit-apartment-proposal-divides-san-francisco.html


kate said...

About 2 years ago i began touring full time with the ringling brothers circus and have lived in a 100 sq ft or smaller space on the train the circus travels by. Honestly, its revolurionized my life. Why did i ever need huge 3 bedroom apartments for just my husband and i before?! Really, everything i need fits very comfortably in my room, and it just makes you think twice before buying anything.
The idea that people are concerned about what kind of precident this sets toward the amount of space people should have to live in is baffling to me. How about you let ME decide how much space i need. And heaven forbid it encourge some people to spend time outside of their house ( if vast expanses of space are needed).

Lloyd Kahn said...

Kate, 2 things:
1. OK to post this on main blog postings?
2. Got any more info on yr. life with circus? Pics?
Could you email me, lloyd@shelterpub.com?

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