Slate pitch: What San Francisco really needs is more dorms for grown-ups

Posted at 8:41 pm on March 07, 2018 by Brett T.

The last time we checked in on San Francisco, the local NBC affiliate had scoped out a 153-block stretch downtown and found “a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces.”

But what high-priced cities like San Francisco really need, according to Alex Baca in Slate, is more dormitories for adults. Hey, paying $1,400 to $2,400 a month to live in a room with no kitchen, living room, or bathroom sounds great.

Why are they a great idea? Because “the existence of dormitory living is a tiny step toward the acknowledgment that our built environment is overly prescriptive and, in its prescriptions, reductionist and inappropriate for how we live now.”

Technically they’re not called apartments because there’s precious little keeping people apart. There’s a shared bathroom at the end of the hall if you need some privacy, but otherwise you’ll find yourself in a “common event space.”