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Photo series: Tiny living spaces

 Reuters 09 March 2019

The saying “less is more” can be applied to many things, but for those forced to live in tiny spaces, home isn’t always where the heart is. As housing crises continue throughout the world, many people are forced to downsize out of necessity. In wealthy cities, low income families live in cramped apartments as small as 28 square foot. But for some, tiny homes can be a welcome avenue for simple and satisfying living. This Reuters photo series explores the pros and cons of tiny living spaces, whether it’s a mini mobile home or a caged-bed in Hong Kong. (371 Words) - By Laura Smith

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A woman and her son are seen in their 60-square-foot sub-divided flat, with a monthly rent of HK$3,800 ($487), in Hong Kong February 2, 2019.Photo: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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A man burns incense while sitting in a small cage in Hong Kong's Tai Kok Tsui district July 16, 2019. In older districts like Tai Kok Tsui, hundreds of elderly men still reside in caged cubicles in cramped, old tenement flats which house up to 12 individuals in often squalid conditions.Photo: REUTERS/Victor Fraile

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Li Rong, a 37-year-old woman, sits on a bed as she poses for photos in her 35 square feet (3.2 square metre) subdivided flat inside an industrial building in Hong Kong November 1, 2019. In a cramped space on the fifth floor of an old industrial building in Hong Kong, Li lives in some of the priciest real estate per square foot in the world - a 35 sq ft room with a bunk bed and small TV.Photo: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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Eric Wong, managing director of a capsule bed manufacturer, poses in a modified capsule bed inside a showroom in Hong Kong January 7, 2019. The beds, which are modified for the Hong Kong market, have adjustable ceilings, a larger air conditioner and a TV. They are aimed at university students and budget mainland Chinese travellers visiting the territory and will cost $450 a month or $30 a night, according to the manufacturer.Photo: REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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Unmarried men sleep next to each other in a shared accommodation in the remote village of Siyani, where they also live and work in, about 140km (86 miles) west of Gujarat's capital Ahmedabad, October 5, 2019. Siyani is typical of many Indian villages and may be an indicator of things to come as India's male to female ratio declines.Photo: REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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Fisherman Alexander Romantsov looks out of the window of his plywood lodge, placed on the frozen surface of the Yenisei River over an ice hole for fishing at the beginning of winter, near the village of Anash, Novosyolovsky District of Krasnoyarsk region, February 7, 2019. Some fishermen of the region equip such tiny lodges with mini coal and firewood-burning ovens and also install electricity taken from car accumulator batteries, which allow them to fish day and night in spite of severe frost.Photo: REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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Tracy Burger, 45, (L) prepares food with his wife Elizabeth, 43, (C) in their eight-year-old son Dylan's room, in a converted garage in Los Angeles, California, December 18, 2019. The Burgers lost their apartment in 2009 after both losing their jobs with combined earnings of $100,000 a year. They were forced to sell most of their possessions and live in a motel before moving into Elizabeth's mother's garage in March 2011.Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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People look over a Tumbleweed brand Cypress 24 model Tiny House on display in Boulder, Colorado August 4, 2019. The Tiny House Movement started some years ago with people around the world building really small living spaces and loving their new simplified lives. These tiny houses can range from 1,000-square-feet (305-square-meters) down to less than 100-square-feet (30.5-square-meters), and are certainly not ramshackle shacks.Photo: REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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Guillaume Dutilh, a Tumbleweed workshop host poses in the living area of a Tumbleweed brand Cypress 24 model Tiny House on display in Boulder, Colorado August 4, 2019. The Tiny House Movement started some years ago with people around the world building really small living spaces and loving their new simplified lives.Photo: REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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Jon-Christian Stubblefield relaxes inside of his 200 square foot Mini-Suite apartment in the First Hill neighborhood in Seattle, Washington May 12, 2019. "It was a affordable option living inside the city's core for for under 1200" said Stubblefield who relocated to Seattle from Texas. Tiny apartments are cropping up in major cities around the country to meet the demand of people who are short on cash but determined to live in areas with otherwise pricey rents.Photo: REUTERS/Nick Adams


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