City Officials, Developers Recommend “Coffin Apartments” For Middle Class

Friday, September 26, 2014
By Paul Martin

Austin, Texas, follows NYC’s lead in developing high-priced, 220 square foot apartments

Kit Daniels
September 26, 2014

More American cities are following New York City’s lead in developing “micro apartments” as small as 220 square feet, allowing city officials to gain more tax revenue and control at the expense of their residents’ mental health.

In Austin, Texas, real estate developers are currently working with the city council to amend zoning regulations to allow developers to build more coffin apartments, which would allow the city to expand the tax base and promote dependence on public transportation heavily subsidized by taxpayers.

“Are Austinites ready to start living in 21st century boarding houses?” Joe Lanane asks in the most recent Community Impact Newspaper. “That is how at least one Austin developer describes micro units, small residential spaces that are less than 400 square feet.”

And in Providence, R.I., a developer recently converted Arcade Providence, the oldest indoor shopping center, into a 38-unit micro apartment complex.

These units range in size from 225 to 300 square feet and include a living room, bedroom, bathroom, built-in storage and an ovenless kitchen.

But what’s the typical rent for coffin apartments? Existing micro units in New York and Austin start out at nearly $1,000 a month and skyrocket from there.

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