City of Minneapolis Moving Forward On Smaller Apartments

Updated: 08/13/2013 6:44 AM By: Tim Sherno

The city of Minneapolis is expected to drop minimum size requirements for apartments.

Councilman Gary Schiff says the change will allow demand to play a role in design, "The city is getting out of the business of deciding how big a unit should be, the private sector is better equipped to determine what someone wants for the size of an apartment."

Schiff says smaller apartments could have broad impact, "For students, for seniors, for people with limited incomes. A smaller unit may be all they can afford This will make it easier for the city to meet the needs of more segments of our population."

Laura Culbertson lives in a studio apartment and says she's happy to trade square footage for location, "I work downtown, and I wanted to live downtown. I wanted to walk to work, I also wanted the nightlife and culture and downtown lifestyle."

Bryan Carpenter works at Alchemy Architects, a firm that specializes in small living spaces.

Carpenter says cities are rapidly running out of space, "We're at a point now where we need to start living more efficiently. We can't continue to sprawl and sprawl and sprawl and get higher and higher." 

Carpenter says he believes it's possible to live comfortably in a 250 to 300 square foot apartment, "I think you could, and there are people that are going in that direction."