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    USA Today: Mini-apartments are the next big thing in U.S. cities

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...ities/2580179/

    This was a front page article.

    Can you see this as part of the housing market in your fair city ? that might be possible as the article stated for the cost/affordability

    If you were single would you live in such a small apt unit ? as long there was much larger community space/room
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    I lived in a 400 sqft efficiency apartment when I lived in DC. I think they make sense in very specific markets like NYC and SF.
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    I agree with Brock, here in flyover land we don't like your big city small ideas. Besides we have land we can build on.
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    The micro apartments tap into different demographic groups with a lower price point than conventional market rate rentals. The price per square foot is still the same. A larger, standard studio, let's say 400-550 SF, is still going to price out a ton of people. Developers are catering to people willing to trade-in furniture and belongings to live at a prime location, which is a personal choice. How can they sell this concept to young families? Can their be a micro 1 bedroom apartment? Most importantly, will the cost stay low over time? Increasing a neighborhood's density may help local businesses but additional wear and tear could increase exponentially on older infrastructure.
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    Why am I always reminded of this gem whenever we talk about small apartments?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQMEmY1EdsU
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