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Introducing Micro-Studio Apartments

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San Francisco and New York City are experimenting with a somewhat new concept in urban housing: the micro-studio apartment. A micro-studio has between 220 and 350 square feet of space. This is just enough living space for a small family unit of one to three people.

The driving forces behind this new concept include the high cost of living space in cities, the need for new housing, events like Hurricane Sandy, higher energy costs and the trend among young people of collecting fewer possessions. The advent of the net computer, ipads, Kindle and phones like the Blackberry has meant that people now collect fewer books in favor of access to information by computer. People also have more opportunities to socialize outside the home, thanks to activities such as volunteering, multiple jobs, gym memberships and a host of activities that keep people engaged outdoors.

There are numerous advantages to the micro-studios: beds can be folded into the wall with combinations like bed/closet or bed/shelving. Kitchen appliances can be built into the walls. Heating and air conditioning costs are also lower in the much smaller/compact living space.

Opponents have argued against the concept, citing higher population densities will stress public accommodations, medical care delivery and local transit..

New York Mayor Bloomberg has agreed to waive the existing zoning laws on a limited basis in order to incubate the micro-studio concept in Manhattan. The new micro-studios would be between 250-350 square feet. Currently, San Francisco is considering a floor of 220 square feet in its zoning laws.

The only remaining question is whether or not people will embrace micro-studio apartments on a large enough scale to whet the appetites of construction builders. Is the micro-studio an idea whose time has come or is the notion simply another passing fad?

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.
  • Cassidy P

    It can be easier to have a smaller apartment because you don’t have as much stuff when you are first starting out. It takes a while to grow into needing a bigger family apartment and then eventually a home. Part of the problem today is that young people think they need these big extravagant homes when they first get married and they are often biting off more than they can chew and jumping right into debt. My husband and I have tried to be very frugal and have still managed to find a great affordable apartment here in Lubbock that is loaded with all the amenities we need and to still live within our means.

  • Amber Anaya

    I have found some great apartments in Lubbock. Thanks to http://preserveatprairiepointe.com/ I was able to find a good apartment that fit my needs. While all my friends are drowning in debt I can enjoy my little cozy apartment.

  • http://www.roomhunt.com/ Gand Almonor

    II’m actually surprised that this idea hasn’t taken off sooner. I mean, think about it, most of us spend the vast majority of our time either at school or at work. When you factor in the social scene, who really needs more than a spot to sleep at night?!