On the other hand, the people fighting microhousing, also known under the brand name aPodments, are anti-housing activists.
- Via Slog tipper Drew
"I saw these in my neighborhood today and thought the Slog may be interested. Another attempt at misinformation and demonization of microhousing," says Slog tipper Drew. "I live in microhousing and think it's awful what the NIMBYS are doing to demonize honest, hard working people who want to live in Seattle."
The people fighting so-called microhousing often call themselves "community leaders." They call themselves "neighborhood activists." They're actually dividing communities and neighborhoods by trying keep out working-class renters. These smaller new microhousing apartments that each have their own bathrooms, utilities, and furnishings and then share—this is not a bad thing—a common kitchen among eight people are wonderful (and far more affordable) for certain people. Not perfect for everyone, of course, but there are lots different types of housing for different types of folks.
These anti-housing activists aren't telling the truth. These buildings are not "out-of-scale" or responsible for the "degradation of our neighborhoods." Their arguments are overwhelmingly wrong. Microhousing can only be built in the 11 percent of Seattle that's designated for dense residential construction, so these buildings are not out of scale or character—they're not in single family neighborhoods—but, again, are only being built in the few parts of Seattle reserved for apartment buildings. So Drew is right: These activists are demonizing good people who need a place to live and essentially trying to push them out of town. The folks responsible for the "degradation of our neighborhoods" are the anti-housing activists.