Seattle looks to downsize living spaces
In this photo taken Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Kris King spreads his arms as he shows off his tiny apartment in Seattle. Even King was initially shocked by the size of the apartment he rented near downtown, roughly the size of large parking spot. Cities such as San Francisco, New York and Boston have been encouraging tiny apartments to cater to young workers, retirees others who prefer city dwelling, singles or students. San Francisco last fall approved construction of apartments as small as 220 square feet, while Boston has approved 300 new units as small as 375 sq. feet. But in Seattle, where city codes have allowed for even smaller micro-apartments and dozens have been built in the last five years, the trend is facing a backlash from some neighbors who are pushing for a building moratorium or for them to be more adequately regulated. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:00 am
SEATTLE (AP) - Developers in Seattle have been leading the U.S. in building hundreds of tiny apartments - some about the size of a generous parking spot - to cater to solo young workers, retirees who prefer city living, students and others looking to downsize.
Now, some residents are complaining that micro-apartments crowd too many people together, aren't compatible with some neighborhoods, don't encourage people to put down roots, and circumvent a design review process meant to get public input.
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