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Tiny Apartments Set for Approval

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Today the Board of Supervisors will vote on changes to the Planning Code that would allow new apartments as small as 220 square feet, as long as they include a kitchen, bathroom, and closet. By comparison, the current code require the living room alone to be that size. Supporters argue the smaller apartments would provide a cheaper option for people looking to live alone who have been priced out of the current crazy rental market, but critics aren't happy the units won't be large enough for families and argue the increased density will strain infrastructure. SF isn't the only city to approve tiny apartments - New York City recently tested a small number of mini units, though theirs had a higher minimum-size requirement. [SF Gate/Photo: Shutterstock]