Bloomberg's War on Big... Apartments?
The Mayor of New York City has announced the next battle in his war on all things big.
Following up his call to shrink sodas, Michael Bloomberg wants to do the same for apartments.
To deal with the city's housing shortage, he's announcing the creation of a new apartment building where every unit is under 300 square feet. Here's a sample layout:
Looks tight! You could fit four of Bloomberg’s "micro-units" inside one single-wide mobile home. These are so tiny the mayor's had to suspend zoning regulations.
And Bloomberg knows all about saving space. Why, the mayor's Manhattan townhouse is a measly five floors!
At 12,500 square feet, it's the size of 41 of these mini-studios. However, it's not as great a value.
If Bloomberg sold this 30 million dollar property, he could afford to rent a micro-unit for over a thousand years.
Now here's some cold comfort for the dwellers of the new Bloombicules.
You'll be living in a home three times the size of a six-by-eight jail cell.
Now if you hear that, and decide 300 square feet is just too luxurious, maybe you could try this:
Take advantage of today's super-low mortgage rates and buy from the Tumblewood Tiny House Company.
You can own this 89 square foot house for less than 20 grand.
Real estate and assembly not included. Here's the view just inside the front door:
Let this be your model for living in a Bloomberg mini-pad.
They say you can seat four for dinner, if you have a tiny table.
And I suppose tiny plates. And tiny guests.
Really, the micro-units go hand-in-hand with the mayor's war on obesity.
After all, if you have too much soda, you won't be able to fit inside.