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1047 Commonwealth Ave. is the first all micro-unit building in Boston. The building is currently under lease by BU as a dorm. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
1047 Commonwealth Ave. is the first all micro-unit building in Boston. The building is currently under lease by BU as a dorm. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

We talk about the Massachusetts housing crunch a lot. And we've had a parade of economists on who say that the only long term solution to bringing high housing costs under control is to build more! And some of those housing experts say that some of those new units should be micro units — those around just 350 square feet.

What would it be like to live in one of these units? We recently visited Boston's first and only all-micro-unit housing complex to find out.

Timothy Jennings, a junior at Boston University, lives on the first floor of the building. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Timothy Jennings, a junior at Boston University, lives on the first floor of the building. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Bathroom and the washer/dryer unit in a small closet (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Bathroom and the washer/dryer unit in a small closet (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A birdseye view of Boston University senior Marco Buckmeier's unit on the fourth floor (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A birdseye view of Boston University senior Marco Buckmeier's unit on the fourth floor (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Guests

Jenny French, design critic in architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a founding partner of French 2D.

Anda French, architect and founding partner of French 2D.

Timothy Jennings, Boston University student.

This segment aired on February 28, 2017.

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