Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Pod

Much wailing and hand-wringing accompanied construction that resulted from a developer's close reading of Seattle's building code. A harmonic convergence of regulations allowed spectacular density on certain properties. A typical unit in such a building, known as an apodment, has seven eighty square foot rooms stacked over one communal kitchen. Each room has its own bath, and daily maid service keeps the common areas decent.

KCTS' European News Journal broadcast a story about old school communal living in Moscow that shows the tiny new units in the neighborhood are not that different. Seattle's ceiling are lower, and presumably the tenant population has not had time to evolve the social structure of Moscow's, where seniority rules in the kitchen.

In each case, location is superbly convenient -30-

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