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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) ©

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

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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