Housing-starved cities seek relief in micro-apartments ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jan Sturmann 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. Jan Sturmann San Francisco allows developers to build units as small as 220 square feet, meaning storage and space are at a premium. Jan Sturmann The Smartspace complex has 295-square-foot units that feature one space as a living/kitchen/office/bedroom area. Jan Sturmann 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. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe Developers in Boston are planning micro-units of their own, though not as small as the ones in San Francisco. Jan Sturmann Boston’s chief planner also said he wants to make sure micro-apartment complexes have enough common spaces. Jan Sturmann “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.