Looking Forward to the Past

As families change, so will the look of new communities. Is this the suburb of the future? On Bainbridge Island, Washington, 30 families dwell in a five-acre pedestrian village where doors are seldom locked, townspeople share cooking duties and even the children have their own rule-making committee. Based on an idea pioneered in Scandinavia, the Winslow CoHousing Group is a kind of commune gone condo that tries to merge the best elements of two very different styles of community life: the efficiency and fellowship of a collective with the privacy and equity of home ownership.

The Winslow group comprises a cluster...

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