Community with a balance

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From Chicago Agent Magazine:

‘While the term “cohousing” for some may bring to mind thoughts of hippie communes where shoes are scarce and love is free, today’s communities have evolved. People who opt for cohousing may be environmentally conscious individuals interested in lowering their carbon footprints via shared gardens or sustainable structures; young families drawn by support from neighbors in terms of child care and shared meals; or elderly residents who want to age in place and be surrounded by friends or loved ones.

“Cohousing as a model has been highly successful in terms of member happiness and life satisfaction, and reduced energy use and resource conservation,” said the Cohousing Association of the United States. “This success has given rise to some interesting spinoffs in affordable and supportive housing projects for veterans, special need groups and others, that physically look and act like cohousing — evidence that others have learned and benefited from the pioneering work of cohousing.” ‘

Read on here:

https://chicagoagentmagazine.com/2018/03/12/cohousing-developments-continue-rise-popularity/

Social connectedness = longevity

Here’s a passionate pitch for cohousing from Grace Kim:

“Loneliness doesn’t always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us — and it’s often the result of the homes we live in. She shares an age-old antidote to isolation: cohousing, a way of living where people choose to share space with their neighbors, get to know them, and look after them. Rethink your home and how you live in it with this eye-opening talk.”