Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Here and Elsewhere: A Curious Coincidence

In the half hour before the Common Council meeting this evening, there was a piece on NPR's Marketplace about the historically low vacancy rates for apartments in cities around the country: "Landlords have the upper hand in many rental markets." One of the people interviewed was the landlord of a building in St. Paul, Minnesota--a building "with handsome wood paneling, high ceilings . . . in a high-end neighborhood." The building had 57 studio apartments; the size of each apartment was about 225 square feet.

Half an hour later, the last thing the Common Council did at its meeting tonight was to vote, unanimously, to remove Local Law No. 9 of 2014 from their desks, thus making 350 square feet the minimum size for any apartment--studio or one-bedroom--in Hudson.

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