New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on a roll with the downsizing. He started small with the soda ban, but now is setting his sights on the bigger picture. Your apartment, to specific. Bloomberg reached out to developers, asking them to look into the idea of “micro-units” — as one way of tackling the city’s growing population and finite area.
According to the Associated Press, the units would be “complete with a bathroom, built-in kitchenette and enough space for a careful planner to use a fold-out bed as both sleeping space and living room.” If the pilot program succeeds, “officials could ultimately overturn a requirement established in 1987 that new apartments here be at least 400 square feet.” Sounds…cozy.
Silver lining? Such a move could potentially make housing more affordable. Plus, New Yorkers aren’t alone. Similar programs have been proposed in other cities, including San Francisco where “developers are seeking permission to rent out apartments as small as 150 square feet.” (Yes, you read that number right.)
The micro-units would only be leased to only to one- or two-person households.