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San Francisco could OK tiniest apartments in U.S.

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:04 a.m. HST, Sep 24, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO » San Francisco officials are weighing changes to the city's building code that would allow construction of among the tiniest apartments in the country.

The Los Angeles Time reports that the city's supervisors are set to vote on Tuesday on a proposal that would permit apartments as small as 220 square feet, including a kitchen, bathroom and closet.

Current regulations require the living room alone to be that size.

Proponents say the smaller apartments would provide a cheaper option for the city's many single residents for whom rent has become unaffordable.

But critics counter that the units wouldn't help families and could boost population density, straining public transit and other city services.

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iwanaknow wrote:
Yah baby, this makes Japan housing in Tokyo look like mansions.
on September 24,2012 | 08:40AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
We need to revive the "Zero Population Growth Movement" again. Otherwise apartments like this will become common place in the future. Just take a visit to Japan if you don't believe me.
on September 24,2012 | 01:25PM
HD36 wrote:
Beats living on the street.
on September 24,2012 | 08:43AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
That might work well in Hawaii, because affordable rental housing is very scarce and expensive. Wife and I lived in a 1421 square foot home. Now I live alone in a 2-room unit with no stove and a huge 10" X 6" shared bathroom. Since I lived in a tent in a Vietnamese cemetary for 5 months, I don't mind downsizing. Landlord provides free utilities,a tv, microwave oven, mini fridge, wireless for computer, parking, free toilet paper and hand soap. And my two little dogs live with me. I weedwhack the property and he lets me wash/dry my clothes for free.Wife and I had a $98,000 annual budget. Now I think I can live on $12,000 yearly with cellphone and a fully insured old truck. If I lost my job and all my savings, I can live here on Social Security and still save $6,000/year. Of course, this is just until I get back on my feet in a year or so. Then it's back to the grind with a new wife and heavily-mortgaged home, lol.
on September 24,2012 | 08:48AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
BTW, each room is 10" X 10", totalling 200 square feet. I'm no longer a homeowner, but living small will allow me to save the downpayment for my next home in a few years.
on September 24,2012 | 08:58AM
alittleguy wrote:
Honolulu's so called "affordable" 1B/1B units range from 256 - 320 SF on the low side for some projects under development. Consider the "affordable" price tag of $250,000 and this equals close to $800 - $1,000 per square foot. This price per square foot is higher than market priced units for sale. Not so affordable after all.
on September 24,2012 | 09:38AM
opirocs wrote:
wait they don't want people to use public transit?
on September 25,2012 | 07:21AM
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