Many cities have recently adopted zoning changes to allow micro-housing, generally studios under 400 square feet. (In New York, a design competition called adAPT NYC was launched by Mayor Bloomberg.) Here are some of the trends defining micro-living
Cities and renters are starting to accept apartments that are just 350 square feet. Here’s what the future of micro-housing holds.
The American dream of a household with 2.5 children, a dog, and a two-car garage is no longer the norm: people are staying single longer, having children later, and opting out of living in the suburbs in favor of moving downtown, as researchers have found. In response to these demographic shifts—and in an effort to create more affordable units—urban housing is getting smaller. Cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and Boston have adopted zoning changes to allow micro-housing, generally studios under 400 square feet.
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