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A living arrangement that combines private living quarters with common dining and activity areas in a community whose residents share in tasks such as childcare.


a type of housing with some shared facilities


(koʊˈhaʊ zɪŋ)
1. a cooperative living arrangement in which people build a cluster of single-family houses around a common building for shared meals, child care, guest rooms, etc.
2. the cluster of houses with the common building.
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Carlson identifies a "common weakness" in each of these proposals, from the rise of suburbs in the nineteenth century to the socialist collectivism of the 1930s, from the post-war New Urbanism to the cohousing communities of today:
To this point, cohousing communities have typically been clusters of two or three dozen homes planned and developed by homeowners interested in the highly collaborative model.
Beginning in Denmark and spreading to many other places we have seen the rise of cohousing communities in which people own their own homes but share mutual amenities.
All cohousing communities utilize some form of consensus decision making.
In this article, readers are introduced to how cohousing communities work and why they are such a vital resource in the ongoing challenge of offering those with disabilities the same human rights--like safe, cost effective, stable, and chosen home environments--that are afforded those without disabilities.
First created in Denmark in the late 1960s, cohousing communities are developments where residents live in private homes, but have common areas where social activities like meals are shared with neighbors.
What is unique is how we, the future residents, have connected with one another well ahead of move in and have worked together as a group to make decisions about the project and how much we enjoy each others' company," said Leach, who is president of Boulder's Wonderland Hill Development Company, which has developed 20 cohousing communities in the U.
At least three senior cohousing communities are in various stages of development in Davis, California; Abingdon, Virginia, and Boulder, Colorado, and more are on the drawing boards.
So Graham Meltzer's book, Sustainable Community: Learning From the Cohousing Model--which asserts that residents of cohousing communities with small houses and shared common spaces are generally happier--is timely.
Thistle also is partnering with Wonderland Hill, a Boulder company that specializes in cohousing communities, that will build a co-housing project during the third phase of construction and will build the market-rate housing for Thistle.
Moreover, many social institutions that we don't generally classify as religious--such as trade unions, professional societies, consumer cooperatives, cohousing communities, other community organizations--qualify under Haydon's definition.
Nyland, in Lafayette, Colorado, was built in 1990 as one of the first cohousing communities in the country.