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(Washington Post)   What happens when you have a city fill of Millennial halfwits willing to pay $2,000 a month to rent an apartment the size of a shoe closet? Articles like this, mainly   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 185
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2014-07-20 01:33:52 PM  
This sh*t makes sense in Manhattan, where there is a literal lack of landmass to build upon. In DC? Not so much. This is what happens when you let your corporate masters convince you to keep paying the same amount for less product because it's the cool thing to do.

/also, when you let some slimy businessman define what's "cool"
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-20 01:44:12 PM  
Somebody born in 1978 is a millennial? I thought they were generation (insert letter here). Millennials are the people who never had the chance to live above ground.
 
2014-07-20 01:49:52 PM  
Why? Why would anyone live in DC?

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Arlington VA is just a trainride away.
 
2014-07-20 02:01:14 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: Why? Why would anyone live in DC?

[img.fark.net image 288x182]

Arlington VA is just a trainride away.


you dont walk to work do you?
Strange, some people are willing to trade MONEY for TIME.
Some people are willing to trade TIME for SPACE.

Why is this basic concept confusing to some people?
 
2014-07-20 02:07:05 PM  
Stop living a lifestyle that I don't want to live!
 
2014-07-20 02:13:34 PM  

ZAZ: Somebody born in 1978 is a millennial? I thought they were generation (insert letter here). Millennials are the people who never had the chance to live above ground.


Yeah. I was born in 1978. I consider myself Gen-X. Late Gen-X.

I think of Millenials to be people who are 18-30 right now.
 
2014-07-20 02:14:27 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: Stop living a lifestyle that I don't want to live!


but but but - I want to take a 30-60 min train, then have to walk or bus for 10-30 mins to work, each way.
clearly saving $500 is totally worth wasting 2-3 hours of my life, a day.

/I really dont miss my 1 hour drive to work.
 
2014-07-20 02:16:16 PM  
Hell, I'd gladly pay more in mortgage or rent if I could cut my 25mi each way commute down to 10 or less.
 
2014-07-20 02:33:59 PM  
Space / (time * distance * crime rate) = cost

rocket science for people who are confused about reality
 
2014-07-20 03:12:41 PM  
The only "halfwit" referred to in the article is 36-years-old, in other words, not a millennial.  Millennials range roughly from 15 to 30 years old.  Stop trying to heat up the generational wars, subby!
 
2014-07-20 03:38:03 PM  

Saborlas: This sh*t makes sense in Manhattan, where there is a literal lack of landmass to build upon. In DC? Not so much. This is what happens when you let your corporate masters convince you to keep paying the same amount for less product because it's the cool thing to do.

/also, when you let some slimy businessman define what's "cool"


If you go to the south or east of DC you are in a horrible school district, lots of crime, and living with most of the people the new and improved (cough) DC pushed out of the SouthEast. If you go to the west you are either in Virginia or in a part of Maryland where houses run in the Millions. You can go towards the north and Silver Spring but that is new Hispanic immigrant area and is seeing an upswing in crime. Schools are not good there too. Also, our transit system SUCKS once you get out of the city and into someplace safe and affordable. I live 15 miles away from my job in DC and I have an hour to an hour and fifteen minute commute each way. A bus runs in front of my house once an hour from 6 am until 9 am and again from 3 pm until 7 pm. Buying a little bigger than the apartment in the article in DC is like $500,000.

We have an finite amount of space if you don't want to spend your life in the commute.
 
2014-07-20 04:09:59 PM  
The Myspace angle makes the picture suspect, but on first impression, I would rock her like a hurricane.
 
2014-07-20 04:20:46 PM  
Did you Millenials learn ANY math?
 
2014-07-20 04:23:35 PM  

ZAZ: Somebody born in 1978 is a millennial? I thought they were generation (insert letter here). Millennials are the people who never had the chance to live above ground.


Cool, I'm nearly a Millennial. Gen X is the new Millennial!
 
2014-07-20 04:24:20 PM  
It's really great that the building height restrictions in DC have no impact on how high rent is at all.
 
2014-07-20 04:25:14 PM  
 
2014-07-20 04:25:32 PM  
Because these kids realized that soon the only employer will be the Federal government.
 
2014-07-20 04:25:51 PM  

Flying Lasagna Monster: It's really great that the building height restrictions in DC have no impact on how high rent is at all.


Wait until the building goes condo.
 
2014-07-20 04:27:27 PM  
That woman just gave me her address.
 
2014-07-20 04:28:46 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: Why? Why would anyone live in DC?

[img.fark.net image 288x182]

Arlington VA is just a trainride away.


I used to live in downtown DC. Being able to walk to anything I wanted to do was worth the price of rent. Things are not any cheaper in Arlington when you factor in commuting costs.
 
2014-07-20 04:29:20 PM  
wtf happened to gen y, did they get drunk and pass out somewhere
 
2014-07-20 04:30:51 PM  

haywatchthis: wtf happened to gen y, did they get drunk and pass out somewhere


they died in WWZ
 
2014-07-20 04:31:19 PM  
I was born in the sixties, but would be happy to pay more than I do now for the large shiathole I live in now in a bedroom community that forces me to DRIVE everywhere for a small shiathole located in a fun neighborhood near a BART or Metro or whatever....

360 square feet seems a bit small. It would be nice to have a small unit where the bedroom is the bedroom and not the bedkitchen.

I just came back from an airbnb rental where the owner thought it made sense to have a kitchbathroom.
 
2014-07-20 04:32:41 PM  
I'd hit it.
 
2014-07-20 04:33:07 PM  
Only $2k? Peasants.
 
2014-07-20 04:35:05 PM  

haywatchthis: wtf happened to gen y, did they get drunk and pass out somewhere


Their parents would like to speak with you about that damaging comment.
 
2014-07-20 04:36:44 PM  

Gwendolyn: You can go towards the north and Silver Spring but that is new Hispanic immigrant area and is seeing an upswing in crime. Schools are not good there too.


??

I live in Silver Spring. It's more immigrant-y than, say, Bethesda, but still heavily professionals, mostly white, and pretty quiet. Anyway, I really am responding because of your schools comment -- Montgomery County has excellent schools even by Maryland standards, which has often been ranked #1 in the nation. Don't lump us in with our neighboring county to the east!
 
2014-07-20 04:38:37 PM  

Saborlas: This sh*t makes sense in Manhattan, where there is a literal lack of landmass to build upon. In DC? Not so much. This is what happens when you let your corporate masters convince you to keep paying the same amount for less product because it's the cool thing to do.

/also, when you let some slimy businessman define what's "cool"


Or where the city will not let any building exceed the height of the Washington Monument, thereby limiting the carrying capacity of the landmass that is near Metro.

I rent in Bethesda, mostly to stay near to both work downtown and an aging parent further out. I was still able to ditch my car permanently.
 
2014-07-20 04:40:57 PM  
What's a "City Fill"?
 
2014-07-20 04:41:40 PM  
SF sees your $2K and raises a thou or two.
 
2014-07-20 04:42:38 PM  
LOL...my mortgage is less than her rent. if i lived 'close' to my work, i'd pay more $$. i'll take the 30 mile one way drive instead of living in beautiful EHT or Pleasantville.
 
2014-07-20 04:44:14 PM  
Ya know what?
F*ck em.
Who cares?
 
2014-07-20 04:46:18 PM  

Saborlas: This sh*t makes sense in Manhattan, where there is a literal lack of landmass to build upon. In DC? Not so much.


Please tell me where this available space is so I can build there.
 
2014-07-20 04:50:44 PM  
Yup, I'm real upset that people I have never met are renting small apartments. I mean this changes everything about my life for the worse.
 
2014-07-20 04:51:21 PM  

davebarnes: Americans are such amateurs.
http://inhabitat.com/chinese-human-rights-group-releases-shocking-ae ri al-photos-of-hong-kongs-locker-sized-apartments/
Hong Kong's Shocking 40-Square-Foot Apartments


As I am surrounded by new mansions and McMansions in this north Chicago suburb, I sometimes wish I had something a little bigger than my older, 1800 sq ft townhouse.  Then I see something like this and I quickly come back to the realization that I have it really, really good in this world.

/Perspective, it'll cure what ails ya
 
2014-07-20 04:52:29 PM  

namatad: Because People in power are Stupid: Why? Why would anyone live in DC?

[img.fark.net image 288x182]

Arlington VA is just a trainride away.

you dont walk to work do you?
Strange, some people are willing to trade MONEY for TIME.
Some people are willing to trade TIME for SPACE.

Why is this basic concept confusing to some people?


I'm willing to trade money for time and space. Are you listening, Doctor?
 
2014-07-20 04:53:49 PM  
I love living in flyover country. I'm in Louisville, KY. We have tons of places to go eat, a great park system, plenty of live entertainment, champion college sports, and some pretty good shopping too. The living room in my house is bigger than her entire apartment, I'm not in the ghetto at all, and my mortgage payment is less than half her rent. Not only that but I live close enough to the interstate I can be just about anywhere in town in less than half an hour.
 
2014-07-20 04:56:17 PM  

dukeblue219: Gwendolyn: You can go towards the north and Silver Spring but that is new Hispanic immigrant area and is seeing an upswing in crime. Schools are not good there too.

??

I live in Silver Spring. It's more immigrant-y than, say, Bethesda, but still heavily professionals, mostly white, and pretty quiet. Anyway, I really am responding because of your schools comment -- Montgomery County has excellent schools even by Maryland standards, which has often been ranked #1 in the nation. Don't lump us in with our neighboring county to the east!


Nice.
 
2014-07-20 04:56:23 PM  
As opposed to being a boring fatarse who needs a large space because they sit around the house and door indoor crap all day.  Sure.

People who have real lives that involve not spending 50 hours a week watching Netflix know that size doesn't matter, location is everything, and it can be worth a premium to get it.
 
2014-07-20 04:56:27 PM  

syrynxx: The Myspace angle makes the picture suspect, but on first impression, I would rock her like a hurricane.


Well, it took long enough! I swear I worry about the younger generation.  Ten years ago it would have taken less than three comments before someone brought that topic up.
 
2014-07-20 04:59:14 PM  
is this about SF Bay Area?
 
2014-07-20 05:00:15 PM  
Yes, consumers are responsible for price inflation.

... only consumers.
 
2014-07-20 05:00:33 PM  
There have been these micro apartments popping up in my area (not DC or even a city for that matter - just a suburb).  They go for around $1000 a month and have no kitchen (all the units share a single kitchen).  They are apparently smaller than a studio.  To give you a reference for everything else in the area, you can get a 1 bedroom for ~$1200-1500, a 2 bedroom for ~$1500-$2000, a 3 bedroom for ~$1800-2300, etc.  These places range in niceness of course, but there are really no bad neighborhoods in town so it's all a matter of how nice and new you want your facilities.

Anyway, my friends decided to move into one and are now trying to get the hell out of there.  They thought they could save a couple hundred a month, but didn't realize how miserable it is to live in a tiny shoebox where you have no privacy or space.  Plus who wants to share a kitchen with strangers?  It's like living in a dorm without the fun parts.

I'm just hoping this sort of thing doesn't catch on too much because this just screams of people trying to screw others and convince them that this is the "norm" and they should expect less for the same price.  I own my own home so this won't affect me, but I hate seeing people get taken advantage of.
 
2014-07-20 05:03:09 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: Why? Why would anyone live in DC?

[img.fark.net image 288x182]

Arlington VA is just a trainride away.


The most depressed I ever felt in my life was when I drove to Arlington for a job interview and walked out of it and looked around at what I'd be getting into.

/fortunately I didn't get that job
 
2014-07-20 05:05:59 PM  
Submitter "fill" with so much rage at Millennials he somehow forgot both grammar and what the fark a millennial is.
 
kth
2014-07-20 05:08:38 PM  
3 acres/4000 sq feet for $400 less than that. Some benefits to living in flyover country.

/paid roughly what I pay now for a 1 BR in Silver Spring two blocks from the metro
//in 1994
 
2014-07-20 05:08:46 PM  

haywatchthis: wtf happened to gen y, did they get drunk and pass out somewhere


The millennials absorbed them because they couldn't stand sharing the spotlight.
 
2014-07-20 05:08:55 PM  
If you have 24 hours a day, spend 8-10 working (maybe 9 hours plus a lunch hour?), another 7 sleeping, an hour working out, an hour cooking, you've got maybe 5 leisure hours per day---if you work from home. so if it takes you an hour to get to work, each way, you've just lost 40% of your "day". i'm thinking that submitter is the half-wit here...
 
2014-07-20 05:09:43 PM  

Shostie: ZAZ: Somebody born in 1978 is a millennial? I thought they were generation (insert letter here). Millennials are the people who never had the chance to live above ground.

Yeah. I was born in 1978. I consider myself Gen-X. Late Gen-X.

I think of Millenials to be people who are 18-30 right no


Everything after Baby Boomers confuses me. I was born late 79 to BB parents and always thought I was X or maybe Y. Now my daughter who was born in 03 I would have thought would be a millennial, as she was born after the new millennium.
 
2014-07-20 05:10:24 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: Stop living a lifestyle that I don't want to live!


Exactly. Same old, same old. I wouldn't want to spend the kind of money to live in a shoebox in DC, and I'm guessing she wouldn't want to live where I live for half the amount. Each his/her own for their own reasons.

/3bd house on 20 acres in the forest
//eastern Cascades ~20 miles from "town"
///buckets of snow in the winter
////life is good
 
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