Big city, tiny apartment: Small-scale living

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In this photo taken Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Kris King spreads stands in the kitchen, which is adjacent to the bed which is next to an open closet, in his tiny apartment in Seattle. Even King was initially shocked by the size of the apartment he rented near downtown, roughly the size of large parking spot. Cities such as San Francisco, New York and Boston have been encouraging tiny apartments to cater to young workers, retirees others who prefer city dwelling, singles or students. San Francisco last fall approved construction of apartments as small as 220 square feet, while Boston has approved 300 new units as small as 375 sq. feet. But in Seattle, where city codes have allowed for even smaller micro-apartments and dozens have been built in the last five years, the trend is facing a backlash from some neighbors who are pushing for a building moratorium or for them to be more adequately regulated. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Micro-apartments are the hot new trend in the U.S. Micros, also known as "hostel-style" apartments, usually offer less than 200 square feet (18.5 square meters) including private bathrooms, and they typically come furnished, sometimes with built-in beds and other amenities to save space. (Reuters)

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