The above image is an example of a front porch converted to living space.
Today the Star Tribune published an article titled, "Minneapolis 2040 Helps Address Housing Inequality." In that article was a startling reference to what the author claims the 2040 Plan can or will do. In fairness, my interpretation of the article's claims may in fact be incorrect. I have searched the 2040 Plan website again and it remains a planning document equivalent of trying to find a specific item at a TJ Maxx store.
From the Strib, emphasis mine:
What cannot occur under existing law is exactly the process that would most help those working-class renters: organic, small-scale development, mostly conversions of existing buildings. These developments are unlikely to produce high profit margins — the wealthiest renters are unlikely to trade out gleaming lofts for basement apartments — but they give individual property owners the ability to put another unit or two in an existing house.
This is exactly the development the 2040 plan seeks to spur, by allowing up to three units on all lots in all residential areas.Let's break down why this is bad news...