WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Residents Gather To Rethink Community Building And Cohousing

Play associated audio

With the crash of the housing bubble many people are questioning traditional homeownership, according to Lisa Poley, who is chairing a conference in Northern Virginia this weekend on cohousing – people living in tight-knit communities who share resources and commonly rely on each other for support.

"What it's done is made a lot of people rethink the holy grail of spec housing and bigger is always better," says Poley.

She says they're trying to convince officials to loosen some zoning regulations to make it easier to build intentional communities for people of all ages. She also says the way their communities keep elderly people out of nursing homes should peak lawmakers' ears.

"That right there translates into dollars of health care savings," says Poley.

The group is also exploring ways to bring in more affordable housing units to their communities.

NPR

What If You Hadn't Gotten Married? 'Dark Matter' Imagines An Alternate Life

Blake Crouch's new science fiction novel tells the story of Jason Dessen, a father and physics professor who suddenly finds himself in a parallel universe — in which he's unmarried and famous.
NPR

Japan's Lunchbox Trend 'Kyaraben' Takes Lunch Prep To Another Level

It's cute ... but is it too much cultural pressure?
NPR

As VP Nominee, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine Hits The Campaign Trail With Hillary

Hillary Clinton introduced Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate at a huge coming-out party event in Miami. She called Kaine "my kind of guy."
NPR

The Reason Your Feed Became An Echo Chamber — And What To Do About It

It often feels as if social media serves less as a bridge than an echo chamber, with algorithms that feed us information we already know and like. So, how do you break that loop? We ask some experts.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.