Over at Marginal Revolution there is talk of mini-apartments to solve the shortage of accommodation in New York City.
This is all well and good, specifically because it reminds me of this time I was standing outside a public toilet. It was a very flash public toilet with a person sitting in a little glass office keeping an eye on everything, and I was in one of my “stare deeply and inappropriately at things” moods. At that moment I thought “if we have public toilets, why don’t we have public beds”.
Is it inconceivable that one day we could have a world with public beds? One where we work eight hours, do activities for another eight hours, and then wander over to a public bed facility to sleep for another eight hours. Its a relatively dystopian view of the world, but surely its not inconceivable in areas with high population density.
If the price of housing and transportation climb significantly, and government wants to create equality of opportunity for people within large cities, wouldn’t a movement towards public beds/bedrooms make some sense?