Communities magazine #177 - Urban CommunitiesCommunities magazine – Life in Cooperative Culture

Communities magazine is the primary resource for information, stories, and ideas about intentional communities—including urban co-ops, cohousing groups, ecovillages, and rural communes.

Communities also focuses on creating and enhancing community in the workplace, in nonprofit or activist organizations, and in neighborhoods.

We explore the joys and challenges of cooperation in its many dimensions, and pass the wisdom on to you and your community.

 

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Upcoming Communities magazine themes

Spring 2018, Issue #178: Class, Race, and Privilege

Summer 2018, Issue #179: Eco-Building

Articles from recent issues (and the current issue) of Communities:




Making a Case for Urban Cohousing

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Urban cohousing offers a unique alternative that still allows access to the amenities, conveniences, and vibrancy of city life.


Green and Resilient Neighborhoods: Portland, Oregon and Beyond

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Columbia Ecovillage, Cully Grove Garden Community, Kailash Ecovillage, River Road Neighborhood, and elsewhere embody diverse, promising approaches to re-greening our lives.


Compact Community at Maitreya EcoVillage in Eugene, Oregon

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Urban development needs sufficient density to support functional public transit, bicycling, and walking—while also staying beautiful, fun, green, and rich with community.


Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage: A 13-Year-Old Retrofit Ecovillage in Cincinnati, Ohio

Posted on December 21, 2017 by
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While it involves inevitable struggles, this replicable model both forms community and provides an ecological framework for living in the city.


Honoring the Conversation: Turning a Neighborhood into a Community in Intown Atlanta

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Face-to-face conversation strengthens the sense of community among the diverse constituencies of a nonprofit Land Trust.


DC Community Evolution and Change: Perspectives from Lutheran Volunteer Corps

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While time has brought increased gentrification, a faith-based community’s fight for social justice in DC is far from over.


Back to the City!

Posted on November 26, 2017 by
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As Compersia and Point A aim to demonstrate, a city can be the perfect place to start an egalitarian, income-sharing community.


Urban Communities, #177 Contents

Posted on November 22, 2017 by
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Our Winter 2017 issue, Urban Communities, takes readers on a journey from the US East Coast through middle America to the West Coast, then to Canada and overseas. The communities featured span an equally broad range—from communes to cohousing, from outward-focused to more inward-focused, from retrofit to custom-built, from ecovillages, intentional neighborhood projects, and service-oriented groups to broader efforts to expand and strengthen the urban commons. As our stories make clear, and despite popular preconceptions, in many ways no setting is better suited to intentional community than an urban one—and, even short of full intentional community, city-dwellers have many, ever-evolving options for creating more connection, mutual support, and sharing in their lives.


Life Lessons for Community Longevity

Posted on November 1, 2017 by
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The founder of Bellyacres Artistic Ecovillage profers advice inspired by the nearly three decades he was immersed in the experiment.


Why I Study Communal Societies

Posted on October 21, 2017 by
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The study of intentional communities, both past and present, is a rich and rewarding enterprise for the student of political theory. The members of intentional communities, whether historic or contemporary, religious or secular, short-lived or enduring, must grapple with fundamental questions about human nature and human organization. In doing so, they illuminate in microcosm the… Read More