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San Francisco approves 'microunits'

Nov. 21, 2012 at 1:14 AM

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 10-1 to reduce the minimum apartment size to 220 square feet.

The new "microunits" consisting of a kitchen, bathroom, closet and 150-square-foot living room are designed to alleviate a growing housing problem in the congested city.

The tiny apartments are designed as "crash pads for people who work 24/7 in Silicon Valley and need a place in the city to sleep and party" but do not "build a sense of community or neighborhood," Sara Shortt of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The lone vote against the microunits came from Supervisor John Avalos, who said he "can't stomach supporting the idea," KQED-TV, San Francisco, reported.

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