The new zoning regs also lower the required square footage of green spaces, common areas, lobbies, and space between buildings.
The Times points out that New York and other major cities feature small living spaces and do quite well with them. Of course, New York and other major cities also feature subways and mass transit. Los Angeles has . . . a great little system if you want to get from Union Station to Claremont in under an hour. All other destinations? Forget it.