In the Brave New America of downsized energy use and consumption, we had better get used to having less, if the left continues to get its way. And in coastal Blue cities – New York, Boston, and San Francisco – that means making way for micro apartments of roughly 360 square feet, smaller than a two-car garage. Jennifer Peltz of the Associated Press reports on the experimental lowering of zoning standards in Gotham to test out an anticipated wave of tiny dwellings.

 The apartments in a new Manhattan building boast little balconies, tall ceilings, dishwashers and storage space. All in 360 square feet or less.

It’s micro-living in the nation’s biggest city, and New Yorkers could be seeing more of it. Planning officials are proposing to end a limit on how small apartments can be, opening the door for more “micro-apartments” that advocates see as affordable adaptations to a growing population of single people. Critics fear a turn back toward the city’s tenement past and question whether less space will really mean less expensive.

At Carmel Place, the Manhattan building that marks the city’s first experiment in decades with building super-small dwellings, the pitch is that little can be just enough.

“An efficiently designed micro-unit,” says developer Tobias Oriwol, “is just a nice apartment.”

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