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Critics of micro-apartments calling for a moratorium
Seattle Time ^ | 23.Apr.2013 | Lynn Thompson

Posted on 04/25/2013 5:26:37 AM PDT by Cronos

Judy Green was well-suited to move into a 10-by-10-foot University District apartment.

..The units are tiny, typically 150 to 250 square feet, about the size of a hotel room. Six or eight residents share a kitchen. And the rent is lower than the average studio or one-bedroom apartment, about $600 to $900 a month compared with $1,200 and up.

Although it’s popular with young urban singles and students, microhousing, also known by the brand name aPodments, is stirring controversy as well.

Some contain as many as 64 units, but because they’re in dense neighborhoods served by transit, they aren’t required to provide any parking.

...“People want to live in walkable neighborhoods with easy access to shops and transit,” said Jim Potter, chairman of Kauri Investments, which has partnered with other developers to build six microhousing projects in Seattle, with several more planned. He’s been asked to develop projects in Portland, California and New Jersey.

Judy Green, 67, said her brand-new aPodment in the University District offered more light and more stylish finishes than the one-bedroom apartments she looked at in her price range.

She pays $850 a month for a sixth-floor room that features a sleeping loft, a private toilet and shower, a kitchenette with a sink, fridge and granite countertop, a skylight, two windows and a sliding-glass door to a small private deck. The loft brings the total square footage to 200.

The kitchen she shares with seven other tenants is on the second floor. She said she keeps fit walking up and down stairs — there’s no elevator in the building.

But she’s right across the hall from the shared rooftop deck with a view of Lake Union and the Space Needle.

“I’m a minimalist,” she said. “I think this is a wonderful thing.”


(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.com ...


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1 posted on 04/25/2013 5:26:37 AM PDT by Cronos
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To: Cronos
“Hi, I'm Judy Green. I'm 67 years old, single, can only afford an $850 a month prison cell, and can't afford a car.

“I've made some really poor life choices, but I voted for Obama twice!”

2 posted on 04/25/2013 5:34:30 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Cronos


3 posted on 04/25/2013 5:39:12 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Cronos

800 bucks a month to live in a phone booth? I’d rather live somewhere where rent is more reasonable. Not going to waste any more of my time reading the article - but I’ll bet this fool is a green whacko and Ohomo voter.


4 posted on 04/25/2013 5:39:38 AM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: South Hawthorne

Spot on!!!


5 posted on 04/25/2013 5:39:48 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: South Hawthorne

$850.00 for that thing? What a rip off. LOL


6 posted on 04/25/2013 5:40:52 AM PDT by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
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To: Cronos
I frankly don't give a rat's a$$ if these people want to live in a closet...
right up to the point where they insist I do, too, to "save the planet" or somesuch BS.
7 posted on 04/25/2013 5:41:42 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: Cronos

As far as I am concerned, if people want to live there, it is up to them. Not my cup of tea, but it suits them, great.

A lot of people in the history of this country would look at that little room as luxurious, since they lived in one room tenements with rusty metal bedframes and a hot plate.

But if they start griping about not having parking, all bets are off. Caveat Emptor.


8 posted on 04/25/2013 5:44:50 AM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: Cronos
Neighborhood activists are urging the city to adopt a moratorium on new micro-apartment buildings.

What we have here is a bunch of Community Organizers who would want to raise YOUR taxes so that Judy Green can live in far more plush surroundings. Judy seems fine with her current arrangement. The people who live in these little places (as far as I can see) are not complaining. But the do-gooders want to make it illegal to have that sort of lifestyle. It's not good enough, you see. Poor people deserve more, you see. And you'll be paying for it, if the do-gooders get their way.

There are 3 basic options:

1) Homeless and living in an alley
2) Minimalist living in very small and very cheap apartments, as supported by the marketplace
3) Nice apartments, paid for out of pocket by hard-working people, and subsidized by the government for those people who have made poor life choices.

9 posted on 04/25/2013 5:47:18 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: South Hawthorne; vladimir998

Actually, she voted for Obama six or eight times.


10 posted on 04/25/2013 5:48:16 AM PDT by cll (This space sponsored by Chico's Bail Bonds)
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To: JoeProBono

$850/mo. here in Wichita will buy you a pretty nice home


11 posted on 04/25/2013 5:55:07 AM PDT by SaintDismas
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To: Cronos
$850 a month for a sixth-floor room

there’s no elevator in the building

“People want to live in walkable neighborhoods with easy access to shops and transit,”

Hauling her one chair to the sixth floor must have been fun.

What about A D A requirements? Or the 10 Kg bag of Basmati rice? Or the day she has a major medical issue?

12 posted on 04/25/2013 6:13:22 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: dforest

I remember hearing a radio talk show host talking about these “micro” homes a year or so back. He stated that the majority of people moving into these are single, no kids and few friends. Then he said, “Yeah, but even if they’re single, have no kids and few friends, is 250 square feet gonna be enough space for all their Harry Potter collectibles?”

I laughed so hard I almost drove off the road.


13 posted on 04/25/2013 6:15:35 AM PDT by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

These things are fine as inexpensive student dorms, or as a place to sleep a few times a week rather than commute to your real home outside the city every day.


14 posted on 04/25/2013 6:19:03 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Cronos

You can get a 3 bedroom house here in MS for that a month.


15 posted on 04/25/2013 6:20:32 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (What has the GOP done today to gain your support in 2014?)
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To: Cronos
..The units are tiny, typically 150 to 250 square feet

I have such a building, only a bit bigger. I call it, "my shed".

Good for storing garden tools and such.

16 posted on 04/25/2013 6:21:23 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Cronos

Does she keep her Soylent Green in that white cabinet?


17 posted on 04/25/2013 6:21:26 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (What has the GOP done today to gain your support in 2014?)
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To: Cronos

I’m quite familiar with this type of housing in Europe... although 250 sq feet is usually what students can afford. For this older woman, location is what’s most important... and living in small spaces means you can’t waste your money buying a bunch of crap. To each his own...


18 posted on 04/25/2013 6:22:56 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: Cronos

Suddenly the Genesis song “Get ‘Em Out By Friday” comes to mind.


19 posted on 04/25/2013 6:23:37 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cronos

I was all set to slam the “activists” who are against these as prohibiting personal choice but after reading the article (something I don’t always do when I comment . . .), they have a point. These micro-apartments are significantly increasing population density in certain neighborhoods and the city isn’t necessarily planning for that.


20 posted on 04/25/2013 6:40:57 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Cronos
I've lived in dorm rooms smaller than this, and apartments not a whole lot bigger.

I did fine, but I'm glad that I can afford better, now. :-)

21 posted on 04/25/2013 6:46:29 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Cronos; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono
Micro-apartment, furnished, all bills paid. First 1200 months rent free! No pets. Must be willing to share space with roommate(s).


22 posted on 04/25/2013 6:48:08 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

23 posted on 04/25/2013 6:55:46 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Cronos
"I'm a minimalist," she said. "I think this is a wonderful thing."

I must be a maximalist.

24 posted on 04/25/2013 6:57:48 AM PDT by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: Cronos
She said she keeps fit walking up and down stairs — there’s no elevator in the building.

She'll probably fall off the ladder while making the bed and break half the bones in her body. Then let's see her talk about six flights of stairs.

25 posted on 04/25/2013 7:05:44 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Cronos
I was just thinking that Judy looked like some old Seattle lib.

Lo and behold, I was right.

26 posted on 04/25/2013 7:07:41 AM PDT by SIDENET
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To: Cronos
If someone wants a small living space, that's great, as long as it's not mandated by our communist overlords.

Personally, if I'm living in a space that small, it had better be on a boat.

27 posted on 04/25/2013 7:09:51 AM PDT by SIDENET
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To: PapaBear3625

I am not against them. I am against high density apartments without parking. Many places in Chicago they fight over who gets to park in the cab stand or hydrant spot!

A company that I worked with for many years was required to add an elevator to the second floor. The first floor was A D A compliant, any work could be could be done on the lower level. Nothing special on the second floor.

Forced to install a never used elevator.

‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’


28 posted on 04/25/2013 7:23:04 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: Cronos

Wouldn’t it be cheaper to buy a small camper and rent a parking space?


29 posted on 04/25/2013 7:26:08 AM PDT by bgill
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To: SIDENET

This type of living is promoted by Agenda 21. It’s their goal to have everyone living is small, dense spaces, no parking provided, so you can walk everywhere.....thus saving the planet.


30 posted on 04/25/2013 7:40:19 AM PDT by agondonter
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To: agondonter
Agenda 21. It’s their goal to have everyone living is small, dense spaces, no parking provided, so you can walk everywhere.

I disagree with the last part ... It's not so you can walk everywhere ... it's so you can't drive anywhere. Travel, after all, is only for the Party Members.

31 posted on 04/25/2013 7:48:00 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Chicago...

OMG! Today is Tuesday...go move the car.
Move the car?
Yes, hurry, today is street sweeper day!


32 posted on 04/25/2013 8:06:30 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Graybeard58
I have such a building, only a bit bigger. I call it, "my shed". Good for storing garden tools and such.

How much do you charge the tools to stay there? ;^)

33 posted on 04/25/2013 8:09:23 AM PDT by Teacher317 (Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast)
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To: JoeProBono

Around here, we call those “gopher holes.”


34 posted on 04/25/2013 8:15:01 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: Cronos

This really isn’t a bad way to live if you’re single, married to your “career,” dine out most meals, and prefer to spend your money for things like eating out, entertainment, and travel.

Personally, I’d need at least 400 square feet or I’d feel a bit claustrophobic, but I could live like this...if I were single and had no kids! :)


35 posted on 04/25/2013 8:31:22 AM PDT by GSD Lover
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To: grobdriver
I frankly don't give a rat's a$$ if these people want to live in a closet... right up to the point where they insist I do, too, to "save the planet" or somesuch BS.

Bingo

36 posted on 04/25/2013 8:41:32 AM PDT by GOPJ (The screed of so-called journalists: 'If it doesn't fit, you must omit.' - - freeper Vigilanteman)
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To: Graybeard58

my model stash wouldn’t fit in that place.


37 posted on 04/25/2013 9:02:19 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government shoud fear us.)
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To: tet68
Yes, hurry, today is street sweeper day!

Or parade day or snow day or street repair day or...

38 posted on 04/25/2013 9:22:59 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: bgill

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39 posted on 04/25/2013 10:07:04 AM PDT by Western Phil
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To: Western Phil

That’s definitely not Greyhound.


40 posted on 04/25/2013 10:24:33 AM PDT by bgill
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