The reason NYC’s Michael Bloomberg is Mayor for Life is that he knows better than his subjects how they should live. He knows how much soda they should be allowed to drink, how their food should be prepared, whether the US Constitution should apply to them, and even how large their cubbyholes I mean apartments should be:
Maybe it’s the urban dwelling of the future: studio apartments measuring no more than 300 square feet. …
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday invited developers to propose ways to turn a Manhattan lot into an apartment building filled mostly with what officials are calling “micro-units” — dwellings complete with a bathroom, built-in kitchenette and enough space for a careful planner to use a fold-out bed as both sleeping space and living room.
If the pilot program is successful, officials could ultimately overturn a requirement established in 1987 that new apartments here be at least 400 square feet.
As this corresponds perfectly with “smart growth” schemes to pack us into tighter spaces for easier management, it won’t be limited to New York City.
In San Francisco, developers are seeking permission to rent out apartments as small as 150 square feet.
According to the experts (“design aficionados”), subsisting in “minimal space” is “spiritually freeing.”
Excuses used for Obama’s ham-fisted seizure of control over the healthcare sector also apply to housing. Bloomberg’s schemes offer a glimpse at how our mastermind rulers will have us living in the near future if we don’t begin to put up resistance.
On the positive side, when we live stacked on top of each other like feeder rats at the pet store, there will be more room for the sacred polar bears to roam.
Graphic and tip from Sean.