Tiny living is slowly but surely taking over America.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city’s board of supervisors have given the okay to developers to construct neighborhoods of “micro” apartments.
Measuring a mere 220-square-feet, plans for these homes must have a designated 150-square-feet for “living space” and the bathroom and kitchen must be separate, reports Gizmodo. Previous regulations required the living room of a home to be the size of one of these entire dwellings, making this change noteworthy as one of few cities re-evaluating it’s minimum property size restrictions.
Back in July Mayor Bloomberg also ignored New York’s building code requirements by proposing a plan to build apartments measuring 275 to 300-square-feet, overturning the 1987 law that required new apartments to be at least 400-square-feet. And San Jose already allows 200-square-foot-units in its city limits.
The SF small studios are expected to be rented for around $1,500 a month, which would be a $500 decrease compared to current average-sized apartments, which is good news for singles.
As of right now, the city will experiment with 325 units before the goal of 375 are completely built to see how efficient they will be, as critics wonder if this will hurt or help the city. "This has to be a pilot project and allow for further study before we end up like Singapore,” Sara Shortt, Executive Director of the Human Rights Committee of San Francisco told the Associated Press.
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