“Single people now make up a third of New York City’s households and with the average rent for a studio at $2,600, the city responded in 2012 by announcing a competition to design units smaller than the minimum size of 400 square feet. Mimi Hoang and Eric Bunge of nArchitects won with their ‘My Micro NY’ proposal (now called Carmel Place).
“San Francisco’s YIMBY movement (“yes in my backyard”) is pushing the city to build its way out of the housing crisis.
This blog post is related to a previous blog post called Low Cost Cooking Options in Nepal. There’s a fuel shortage there right now and people are having to seek other cooking methods. Today’s blog post features terra cotta twig stoves and cooking pots — another low cost way to cook. The price is right. The stove is $2.80 and the pot is $4.20, so the whole thing costs $7 from the local market. Of course you could use your own pot and just buy the stove.
I was expecting this to be just another tiny house video. Instead, this video does a fantastic job of explaining how building codes and zoning regulations are largely unnecessary and a huge drain on local economies. The video highlights some cities in Texas that are doing just fine without all this bureaucracy and added expense. As a result, housing costs per square foot are only a small fraction of many other US cities.
“Adam Finkelman and Evan Garfield were veteran roommates of the New York City rental scene so when they discovered a Brooklyn loft with a garage they snapped it up even though it didn’t have a single bedroom. What they saw was potential to carve out space for at-home music performances and a kitchen large enough for Garfield to host supper clubs.