Many major U.S. metropolitan areas are turning to microunits to help address a complicated set of rental housing issues. This trend is playing out big time in places like Vancouver and Seattle, which have long been touted for their forward-thinking municipal planning.
Despite this legacy, community push back still exists. However, as municipalities look to find compromise, some stakeholders warn that the more complicated the process to bring microunits into the mix becomes, the more expensive-and ultimately ineffective-the housing solution. Check out Smart Growth Seattle’s math on how a design review could raise asking rents more than $90 a month.
(Bonus: Needing a design fix? See how art students in Georgia turned an underused parking garage into a microunit community)