The Micro Apartments of Hong Kong

A reminder that in Hong Kong, people who cannot afford housing live in little apartments that resemble cages because they are cages. Kelvin Chan for the AP:

“For … Leung Cho-yin, home is a metal cage. The 67-year-old former butcher pays 1,300 Hong Kong dollars ($167) a month for one of about a dozen wire mesh cages resembling rabbit hutches crammed into a dilapidated apartment in a gritty, working-class West Kowloon neighborhood.”

This is not a new development. These cage apartments have been around since the 1950s. Edward Gargan of The New York Times wrote about them in 1996 and talked to a man who had been living in his cage for 36 years.

The Daily Mail has a series of pictures by Brian Cassey if you would like to see what it looks like when grown men live in cages. (It doesn’t look great.)

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Trilby (#191)

These cages could be an inspiration to Mayor Bloomberg who is intent on shrinking aparmtent sizes in NY. Why does anyone need an entire room to ones self?

Megano! (#124)

Well, those cage apartments definitely wouldn’t cost $167/month anywhere in the West.

deepomega (#22)

This happens in the US, just without the metal bars. Usually our subdivided apartments are done with sheets hanging from lines.

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