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Cohousing puts the emphasis on neighborhood

June 11, 2017View for printing

"Cohousing made it easier to start a new life," Vander Plaats said. Two months after she and her girls moved in, they knew the neighbors in all the other 19 houses.

"I knew a little about each of them," she said. "I knew their family dynamics. It helped me feel like Grand Rapids was home a lot quicker."

What exactly is cohousing? It's a community-focused living arrangement, where residents share space, chores and fellowship. The idea started in Denmark in the 1960s and has spread across Europe and the U.S.

TRACEE HERBAUGH Associated Press

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