CityLab staffer Kriston Capps makes the case that micro-units expand housing options across many cities and demographics.
These tiny apartments are starting to arrive in many communities, but not everyone is happy. Those who dread micro-housing fear that they will displace family housing, that young renters will overwhelm available infrastructure.
But the NIMBYs are wrong about micro-apartments. The people who fear micro-housing mistake the symptoms of the disease for the cure., writes Capps.
When there isn't enough housing, young single professional renters will move into family units.
One way that cities can ensure that the housing market meets the demands of both families and single individuals is to permit zoning that allows them to meet different kinds of demands, Capps says.