Expensive underground "sleeping pods" proposed to house San Franciscans

Holy forking shirt balls! What a hideous looking building… but the rent is competitive…

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All the other developers said it was daft to build an apartment in the swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show 'em. It sank into the swamp. So I built another one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third one. That one burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one’ll stay up!

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meanwhile, neighborhoods in SF have ordinances to keep buildings below a certain height, and resist tearing down old, unimproved tenement-by-any-other-citys-standard in the name of preserving ‘historic buildings’

and lets not get into the double edged sword of rent controls & how often evictions are used to kick people out using shaky legal footing.

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Above ground, the building would feature eights floors with 161 units — each 200-square-feet including a bathroom and kitchen.

Makes me wonder if the whole point of the basement crypt is to make the $2000/mo shoeboxes upstairs seem palatial by comparison. Look, you can stand up in it and everything!

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No. And you would need to pay a whole lot more money than that. A WHOLE LOT MORE.

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How much useful land would they have to offer you … in acres … to get you “i want to go to there” ?

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…and that’s when the CHUDS came at me.

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Would the Planning Commission approve a few conveniently placed guillotines?

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“…for a mere extra thousand a month you can get a unit with no Cockblocking Clause on the lease!”

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A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick?

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I had thought that there had just been some agreement on wood-chippers

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I’m pretty sure it was later than that. The character has inherited the porn from his big brother. Maybe “Diamond Age”.

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400 acres so that I never have to see a neighbor.

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These Underground Pods are windowless; so you can avoid seeing the neighbours much of the time. :wink:

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While true, they’re also packed cheek-to-jowl with other pods and one will not be able to escape the noises and smells of their proximate peers.

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As a happy urban dweller it isn’t the amount of land.

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You know the situation is bad when you’re proposing solutions more expensive and less spacious than apartments in Kowloon Walled City.

On the other hand, this site is quick to sing the praises of “tiny homes”, to which these pods seem to be the ultimate expression.

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I have also dwelt upon the urban landscape farming coffee grounds and greasy waxy by the slice paper with scrounged flat-pack tools upon my kit et cetera.

That is why the answer would be interesting to me, at least.

And kid from your local chapter of 4H … I think that I can guess her answer.

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