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Micro Week

Micro Week

A celebration of all things small—from towns and tiny houses to micro apartments and modular furniture.

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Downtown greens up with pocket patios

Landscapers DWG are creating five urban parklets on Congress Avenue in the form of "pocket patios," in collaboration with the city and area vendors.

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Tiny house life: what it’s really like for a couple to get that cozy

For some, the idea of building and living in a 230-square-foot home on wheels with your romantic partner is a nightmarish concept. In reality—for Ann Armstrong and her boyfriend, Davie, anyway—it can be pretty great.

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A New Yorker's account on what it's like driving around the city in a smart car

Ever wondered what it's like to drive around New York in one of those tiny little automobiles? Here what David Yee has to say about it.

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The smallest houses for sale in Austin right now

We're closing out Micro Week at Curbed Austin with bonus map of the wee-est freestanding, single-family homes, on market right now.

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Tiny house builder uses New Orleans architecture

Tim Dean of Preservation Tiny House Company sees micro-living as a way to help the city’s affordable housing shortage. The company is building tiny homes in local architecture styles, starting with a 135 square-foot shotgun-style house on wheels.

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5 tiny cottages near NYC for your next weekend getaway

Outside of New York City, cottages and cabins give face to living small. It can be fun to experience micro living amid nature, so we’ve rounded up five of the cutest diminutive retreats nearby. It's time to get outta town.

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NYC’s newest micro hotel comes with a focus on good design

The new Arlo Hotels brand features rooms that are small on space, but big on style

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Petite Midtown East studio with beamed ceilings wants $349,000

The bathroom, kitchen, and living area all have windows, which is definitely a plus in a tiny place. Some of the other nice features in the apartment include nine-foot beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, and two decent-sized closets.

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What’s the smallest LA apartment you’ve ever lived in?

Tell us in the comments about your tiny-living experience. Just how tiny was it? What neighborhood were you in? How’d you arrange the space? Where'd you fit your bed? Are you living in a tiny place now—what do you love or hate about it?

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10 tiny, absurdly expensive NYC apartments for sale

The sizes of the units on this list, which was created by PropertyShark, go from 446 to 555 square feet, and prices go from $1.03M to $1.5M. Unsurprisingly, all these apartments are in Manhattan.

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Big Reveal: $99K for a studio in Washington Square West

Welcome back to Pricespotter! Yesterday we asked readers to guess the asking price of this teeny studio in Washington Square West. How much does a 321-square-foot condo go for these days in this popular neighborhood?

A maker of miniature midcentury furniture talks all things tiny

Chicago-based designer Michael Yurkovic combines two of Curbed’s favorite things: Midcentury modern furniture, and tiny things.

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How tiny houses can serve Chicago’s homeless youth

Tiny houses are having a moment right now, but what would they look like in Chicago? Can they serve a purpose in the big city? Who would they serve?

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Weekend open house tour: Boston under 500 sq. feet

These condos may be small, but the benefits are big. This week, take a tour of micro-sized condos all over the city.

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The tiniest historic districts in NYC’s five boroughs

They may be small, but these five areas have plenty of history

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What’s the smallest San Francisco apartment you’ve ever lived in?

If there’s one thing that San Franciscans love to commiserate over, it’s unfortunate or unusual living situations—and what better time than Micro Week to talk about the smallest apartments we’ve ever lived in?

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Do you live in one of Boston's 10 tiniest houses?

None of the 10 smallest single-family homes in the city run to more than 490 square feet. That's according to a new analysis for Curbed Boston. Plus, most of these teeny abodes are young by Boston standards.

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This couple’s tiny weekend home floats

Joe Velardo and Robyn Finker have a Hamptons tiny home with a difference: their boat, which they keep docked in Three Mile Harbor.

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What’s the tiniest place you've ever lived?

A micro unit? Attic? Sound off below!

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Here's the five tiniest condos for sale in Bellevue

We know that when you think of Bellevue you probably think of big houses and expensive penthouses but we managed to find five small condos mixed in there as well.

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Floating lake home is Atlanta family’s realized dream

They’ve got 300 watts of solar power and two golf-cart batteries, which is enough to power a small refrigerator, 15 lights, and then some leftover juice to charge iPhones, laptops, water pumps, and underwater fishing lights. It's like tiny MacGyver.

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What’s the tiniest Seattle place you've lived?

As Micro Week ends, we open the floor up to you guys. Rather than us tell you what tiny homes are out there, how bout you tell us what kind of tiny living arrangements you've had here.

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Tiny condos for sale in cities around Boston

The smallest condos for sale in Quincy, Waltham, and Watertown are asking between $368 and $690 a square foot, according to a new analysis. That makes them cheaper than similarly sized condos in other Boston neighbors such as Arlington and Malden.

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Meet the man building tiny houses in LA for the homeless

Elvis Summers has built dozens of colorful little houses for homeless Los Angeles residents since early 2015. In spite of a few run-ins with city officials, he's continued his crowdfunded project and hopes to establish a community of tiny homes.

What’s the tiniest place you’ve ever lived in?

All week across the Curbed network, it’s been a celebration of small things, especially the tiny places people have called home. Now, we hand the mic to you.

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A look at micro piles: The caisson’s tinier cousin

Though the majority of Chicago's buildings use caisson foundations, what if a building site is too confined or perhaps sensitive to vibration for traditional caissons or piling? Enter the small but mighty micro pile.

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A 225-square-foot Midtown East studio is enlivened by a DIY redesign

Having never been to New York City before, Courtney Duffey came to Manhattan for a new job and had two days to find an apartment. She landed in a roughly 225-square-foot studio and after a few redesign projects, she's come to love it.

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What’s the tiniest place you've ever lived in?

In New Orleans, as a renter especially, you could end up living in an old mansion with roommates. But maybe you’ve lived in someone’s backyard guest house or a small French Quarter studio. What's the tiniest place you've ever lived in in New Orleans?

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How 'Tiny Doors ATL' became an itty-bitty sensation

Armed with a "tangible tiny permit" from the city of Atlanta, Tiny Doors ATL Artist and Director Karen Anderson set to work on the hollow spot of a hardwood near the Fort Walker Entrance of Grant Park and another at the Grant Park Farmer’s Market.

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Big reveal: a tiny condo where Back Bay meets Fenway

Only about 23 percent of readers guessed the correct asking for this 450-square-foot 1-BR near the Berklee College of Music. The results of our special Micro Week PriceSpotter right this way.

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Philly apartments have shrunk by 25 percent, report says

Philly is in the middle of a building boom, and developers are making sure the apartments are tinier than ever. A recent report reveals that the average apartment size has shrunk by 25 percent in recent years.

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Open thread: What’s the smallest Chicago apartment you’ve ever lived in?

Compare your stories in the comments section!

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10 tiny house villages for the homeless across the U.S.

Just as tiny houses are "having a moment," micro dwellings for the homeless are also a trending idea in communities around the country. Here's an overview of 10 different tiny house villages for the homeless that have arose over the last decade.

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What’s the smallest D.C. apartment you’ve ever lived in?

Have you ever been in a tight living situation? In Washington, D.C., it’s likely you have as the size of homes in the city have shrunk since the 1910s. So, what have your experiences been like? Let Curbed know by leaving a comment.

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What's the tiniest place you've ever lived?

As Micro Week draws to a close, we turn the mic over to you, dear reader: Tell us about the tiniest place you’ve ever lived in Greater Boston.

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What’s the smallest place you’ve ever lived in?

That tiny walk-up after college? A diminutive cottage you used to rent? Tell all in the comments.

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Tell us what you think about tiny houses

Will we see more smaller living spaces around Detroit and the Midwest? Or are they just a fad? Speak up!

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What's the smallest Miami apartment you've ever lived in?

With Micro Week coming to a close across the Curbed network, we though we'd hand the keyboard over to our readers to share their stories of micro living.

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Open thread: What’s the tiniest NYC apartment you’ve ever lived in?

If there’s one thing that New Yorkers love to commiserate over, it’s terrible or unusual living situations—and what better time than Micro Week to talk about the smallest apartments we’ve ever lived in? Sound off in the comments!