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Opening Arguments

Make room, make room!

Now we know why Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban giant sugared drinks -- so there'll be more room in tiny apartments!

And you thought your apartment was small.

Mayor Bloomberg launched a contest Monday to stir development of teeny-tiny apartments — called micro units — for young singles willing to cram themselves into shoebox-sized digs.

The new closetlike flats will be just 275 to 300 square feet — larger than a jail cell but smaller than a mobile home — and will have special permission to ignore city rules requiring newly built apartments to exceed 400 square feet.

I suppose this is at least going in the right direction when it comes to choice. He's actually talking about giving people more options for a change instead of fewer. But, honestly, does government have any more business telling you how big your apartment can be than how big your soft drinks can be?

And, good lord, could you live in 300 square feet? Don't think I could, even for the privilege of being in the Big Apple. Granted, I could live in a lot less space than I now occupy if I'd get control of my cluttering ways, but we need more than the actual space our stuff takes up. We need a certain amount of elbow room just to avoid feeling cramped and crowded all the time. I know the amount varies, but I don't think 300 square feet is enough for most people.