The one thing which we don’t see discussed enough in the “micro/community/apodment” housing debate is the fact that single family houses are often rented out bedroom by bedroom in a situation that is functionally similar to so called “apodments.”
Over the course of the last 7 years that I’ve been renting, I’ve spent 4 years living in a structure that would on the outside be considered either a single family home or a duplex. In each case I paid rent to a landlord for a tiny bedroom and shared common facilities with between 1 and 3 room-mates, each of whom I only got to know after moving in with them. Countless friends and acquaintances have found similar arrangements so I know I’m not the only one. In other words, apodment style living situations are happening and will continue to happen whether we allow new construction or not. The only difference is that it takes dozens of single family homes to house as many people as a single compact community housing building. If we want to preserve our single family homes for larger households then we should build more community housing, not less.