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Vancouver Tests Cheap Alley Housing

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Newsweek blogger Andrew Sullivan has an interesting link to projects going on in Vancouver that involve transforming garages or small alleyway guesthouses into full-scale, super-dense accommodation.

Laneway homes are basically miniature versions of single-family homes – in the range of 500 to 1,000 square feet – that are built in what has traditionally been the garage location of a single-family lot: in the backyard facing the lane.

In Vancouver, the revival was spawned by sky-high real estate prices, a lack of affordable housing, and an ingenious plan to create ‘hidden density’ in the city’s most desirable single-family neighborhoods.

While laneway house-conversions are almost exclusively created for rental income and exclusively cater to people with higher incomes, they are a welcome alternatve to current urban housing  expansion in Vancouver (and in other majorcities in Canada): the condo.

They also are a higher-priced example of other projects aiming to tackle cheaper and small forms of housing.  Several years ago, Dru from the Montreal Media Co-op highlighted the hexayurt project, while Kim Aronson in California has recently been focusing on other micro-housing unit projects in Berkley.

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how can the laneway housing be "cheap" as per headline, and also cater exclusively to high income people?

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