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Think Your Home’s Small? Look At Hong Kong’s Illegal Microapartments

COMPLAINTS ABOUT NEEDING MORE SHOE STORAGE OR HAVING NO SPACE FOR YOUR THIRD BIKE? PLEASE. IN HONG KONG, THE PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT AVERAGES $1,300.

It can be tough to grasp the reality of living in what amounts to a very functional closet through facts and figures, though. These images, which show us a bird’s eye view of several Hong Kong microapartments, do a much better job. They were produced by a Chinese human rights group called the Society for Community Organization, whose mission is to promote equality amongst citizens. “Grassroots people are struggling day in and day out to keep their head above water,” SoCO explains. “Standing in the line of dejection are caged lodgers, tenants living in appalling conditions, aged singletons, street-sleepers, mothers with no one-way permit to live in Hong Kong, families made up of new immigrants and boat dwellers.”

They estimate that over 100,000 people are living in unauthorized apartments in the city, a number that may well be low. 

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“I remember that very deeply in my soul back in 1986, we felt that was unfair,” says Kelley Lindquist, who became the president of a nonprofit called Artspace in 1987. “It was insulting for people to sometimes say, ‘Oh, artists like to move, they’re bohemians!’ Who likes to be on the street and renegotiate a lease and carry all their equipment and try to create a new community and basically start all over?”

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“I remember that very deeply in my soul back in 1986, we felt that was unfair,” says Kelley Lindquist, who became the president of a nonprofit called Artspace in 1987. “It was insulting for people to sometimes say, ‘Oh, artists like to move, they’re bohemians!’ Who likes to be on the street and renegotiate a lease and carry all their equipment and try to create a new community and basically start all over?”

The Key To A Thriving Creative Class? Give Artists Their Own Real Estate Developers

It worked for St. Paul, Minnesota, where artists revived an old warehouse district—and got to stick around to reap the benefits of what they helped create.

We all know that men and women approach most everything in life slightly differently—and sometimes, wildly differently. How does this affect the way they each do business?  Rarely do you get a data set that reveals much about that question, but here’s a remarkable one from the data-viz wizards over at Trulia, the real-estate listings website. They took a look at the gender balance between real estate agents across the country, and the results are pretty remarkable.

We all know that men and women approach most everything in life slightly differently—and sometimes, wildly differently. How does this affect the way they each do business? Rarely do you get a data set that reveals much about that question, but here’s a remarkable one from the data-viz wizards over at Trulia, the real-estate listings website. They took a look at the gender balance between real estate agents across the country, and the results are pretty remarkable.