Live near each other. Build it if you have to.

Build triplexes, duplexes and other cohousing options that aren’t cramming 20 people into a 2 bedroom and do it with a couple other sympathetic conservative families.  This solves much of the SAHM isolation problem and the ‘who will play with the children’ problem.  Both are genuine and non-stupid obstacles for people desperate to live in real community again.

There are other ways to live near each other besides cohousing alternatives if one is open to not exactly living next door, but just in the same general area.  There is not any real obstacle to living in the same town or group of near-to-each-other neighborhoods.  For some reason, conservatives who don’t belong to a couple of very specific religious subcultures are the only ones who don’t think this way.

This is not a solution for everyone, family and community ties are the real obstacles.  But if you already have given that over, why not live among those like you in other ways?  Beats lamenting how such and such are pricing u out.

 

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One thought on “Live near each other. Build it if you have to.”

  1. That’s a good idea. It requires a commitment to real community however, and a lot of what we hear these days on the subject is just talk.

    This is not a solution for everyone, family and community ties are the real obstacles. But if you already have given that over, why not live among those like you in other ways? Beats lamenting how such and such are pricing u out.

    We haven’t given that over, as our commitment to being available for our parents is the overriding reason that we still live in the same city we both grew up in. For those that have given that over (already chosen money over roots and whatnot), I think they should put their money where their mouth is and do what you suggest. Find like minded families in their region and work hard to build a viable, vibrant community.

    Excellent post.

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