Move over, shipping container apartments, and make room for PodShare

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You’ve certainly heard that California has a housing crisis: an apartment costs a gazillion dollars a month if you can find one, and no one’s building affordable housing because there’s so much regulation.

Someone at Slate argued that in San Francisco at least, it was time to bring back dormitories for adults. For only $1,400 to $2,400 a month, who needs their own kitchen, living room, or bathroom … just sleep in a closet and share the rest with your dorm mates.

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang was just in Las Vegas where he checked out apartments made out of shipping containers, and he thought they looked promising, although people living in them now in the U.K. call them “mental torture” and “not for human beings.”

Now Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin has checked out PodShare in Los Feliz and he too thinks it looks promising.

As a huge proponent of alternative (and affordable) housing models, it was such a treat to tour the Los Feliz location of @Podshare. It's great to see such innovative solutions to housing in the midst of rising rents and high costs in Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/Qhqf6VESVl

— LA Controller Ron Galperin (@LAController) September 9, 2019

Lots of feedback on this thread! While there is no single solution to our City's housing crisis, creative models like communal living spaces should be examined to see if they can help address our affordability challenges. More affordable homes, apts and units overall are needed.

— LA Controller Ron Galperin (@LAController) September 10, 2019

Why yes, there is lots of feedback on this thread!

Adults once had homes and families https://t.co/BmhFweExzb

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) September 10, 2019

You think you love that? I have an idea for people to live under parking lots.

— Maximus Fishing with Fredo (@dphaw) September 10, 2019

I’m old enough to remember when we were told this is what a dystopian socialist society would look like only in that dystopia it was at least free.

— Roy San Filippo (@AsTheBeaver) September 10, 2019

This is dystopian

— John Motter (@JohnMotter) September 9, 2019

That's a nice dorm you've got there…it'd be a shame if somebody…jerked off in it…two feet from you…while you try to get enough sleep to avoid getting plowed by a driverless car on your dockless scooter delivering sushi burritos as an independent contractor the next day

— limited breadsticks (@benjaminflores) September 9, 2019

So pay $1200 a month to live in prison?

— Max (@RandomFLDude) September 10, 2019

This is not housing.

— Rosemary Mosco (@RosemaryMosco) September 10, 2019

“Can you make housing more affordable?”

Los Angeles: “No.”

“Will you make rent control a city wide rule?”

Los Angeles: “No.”

“Then what are you going to do?”

Los Angeles: “Pack you all up in a warehouse with sixty other people and rent you a box for $1200.”

— X (@XLNB) September 10, 2019

Imagine smiling in a picture where you're telling Los Angeles residents they should be proud of predatory capitalists selling them rentable bunk beds for $1200 per month lmfao pic.twitter.com/a8cOv4B4NO

— X (@XLNB) September 10, 2019

.@Podshare: "What if we sold prison cells to millenials?"

Baby Boomers: pic.twitter.com/cZasmcYWo7

— X (@XLNB) September 10, 2019

Wow so for more than what i pay in rent now I'd get a cot and no way to cheaply prepare my own food?! I get to pay more for a meal plan than what it would cost to cook at home by myself every night?! Woooo-eeee this sure is sounding like a reasonable option! 😡💀🖕

— Kellsbells (@Ceallaigh87) September 10, 2019

Looks really awful, also it’s extremely expensive

— jack allison (@jackallisonLOL) September 9, 2019

It's cool that you made the Soviet Union, but it's expensive

— American Propagandist (@ArmyStrang) September 9, 2019

pic.twitter.com/WjZ44SSn4W

— A.J. Roberts (@A_J_Roberts) September 10, 2019

Human veal.

— Reagan Lodge (@ReaganLodge) September 10, 2019

Good Lord – it's like daycare. pic.twitter.com/zaHzoyBzFl

— Heather Champion (@winningatmylife) September 10, 2019

With people moving into the book & belonging cubbyholes.

— Deus Ex Mushina (@MushKat) September 10, 2019

How about the zoning committees stop dictating what can or can't be built in vacant lots because it doesn't fit with the local building style and you can actually have afforable apartments.

— Zarren364 (@Zarren364) September 10, 2019

This isnt any cheaper than an actual apartment with roommates, and what it does is jams more people into a tighter space

Just build decent housing and do rent control

— the void shouts back (@but_rly_tho) September 10, 2019

Or…we could just make it legal to build apartments

— Wayne from the Internet (@_wayneburkett) September 10, 2019

Podshare™: Because “Youth Hostel For Struggling Adults” sounds too murder-y

— Resplendent Flash of Obvious 🌹 (@of_obvious) September 10, 2019

My God, an actual look at hell.

— JWF (@JammieWF) September 10, 2019

There are nicer (and cheaper) hiker hostels along the Appalachian Trail.

Skin that smokewagon! (@heatpacker) September 10, 2019

I've always wanted to recreate Hogan's Heroes with my friends too.

— Regs (@r3gulations) September 10, 2019

This looks like an upscale detention center. Not a place one would willingly choose to live.

🅿🅷🅸🅻 (@philllosoraptor) September 10, 2019

If I had to live here I would shoot myself in the head.

— … (@bitcoinbrah) September 10, 2019

Love to fall asleep listening to a dozen people quietly weeping and furtively whacking

— Civil Snake 💎🐺 (@mediumbigboss) September 9, 2019

Their own cover photo makes it look like hell pic.twitter.com/RQNtPPiWcv

— Mike Prysner (@MikePrysner) September 10, 2019

Just move away from California and bam, affordable housing.

— matrix07012 (@matrix07012) September 10, 2019

With President Yang sending you a check for $1,000 every month, you could almost afford one of these bunk beds.

Related:

Homeless people in Britain call Andrew Yang's shipping container housing solution 'mental torture,' 'not for human beings' https://t.co/BjYpsRtEnO

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 23, 2019

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