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  • Sacrificing space for a more social living situation
  • Sacrificing space for a more social living situation
    Janssem Cardoso, Creative Commons (2016) ©
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Commonspace: a community for lonely city-dwellers

Gen Yers have swapped suburbia for city life in their version of the American Dream. But with skyrocketing rent costs, shrinking square footage and a lonesome lifestyle, urban living isn’t always easy. Commonspace is a living solution for some of the sore spots of city life.

Location United States

Scope
Many people face sickeningly high prices for miniscule living spaces when they move to the city – an issue set to worsen given that 66% of the world’s population will reside in cities by 2050. [1] But that isn’t the only problem with urban living; paradoxically, many city-dwellers are lonely. “Mere physical proximity is not enough to dispel a sense of internal isolation,” writes Olivia Laing in her book The Lonely City. “It’s possible – easy, even – to feel desolate and unfrequented in oneself while living cheek by jowl with others.” [2]

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