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Many residents are willing to trade size for the convenience of urban living.
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Cities like Boston and San Francisco are looking at micro-housing to keep young professionals in urban downtowns.
San Francisco allows developers to build units as small as 220 square feet, meaning storage and space are at a premium.
The Smartspace complex has 295-square-foot units that feature one space as a living/kitchen/office/bedroom area.
Hidden storage is also common in micro-units, such as this dining table that folds down for a Murphy bed.
Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe
Officials are cautious, however, about skewing policy at the expense of families.
Developers in Boston are planning micro-units of their own, though not as small as the ones in San Francisco.
Boston’s chief planner also said he wants to make sure micro-apartment complexes have enough common spaces.
“If you don’t build housing for single people, those single people are just going to fill up your housing stock anyway,” said Smartspace creator Patrick Kennedy.
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