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The Basics

Cohousing is an Overlay -- it can be applied to any resident-controlled community.

Cohousing is an architecturally designed community that creates what many of us think of as "an old-fashioned neighborhood." This is accomplished by clustering private dwellings near a common house. The common house contains whatever the group selects, usually including a kitchen and dining room. It might also include a laundry, child care center, workshop, shared office space and guest rooms. These features generate economies of scale.

If you are interested in cohousing, there are many resources on the web; you can start with the national cohousing site. You can also look at the more general picture of people living together with cooperative intentions at the Intentional Communities site.


 

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