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Why cohousing?

Social isolation is a challenge in modern life. Americans of a few generations ago used to benefit from a richness of community life that has all but disappeared. We’ve witnessed a long, slow retreat into the sealed comfort of our homes . . . deep friendships replaced by screens, gadgets, and exhausted couch-potato stupor.

Cohousing is a resident-planned community of privately owned residences focused on social interaction, diversity, caring, sustainability, and shared common spaces, resources and governance. The physical design encourages both social contact and individual space. Each private residence has traditional amenities, including a private kitchen and bath. Households have independent incomes and private lives, but neighbors collaboratively plan and manage community activities and shared spaces. Shared spaces typically include common kitchen and dining facilities for communal meals as well children's play areas, workshop, library, garden, etc.

Cohousing began in Denmark in the 1960s and has been spreading as a lifestyle choice in many countries. Since the first cohousing community was completed in the U.S. 25 years ago, more than 160 communities have been established in 25 states, with more than 125 in process.

Milwaukee Area Cohousing (MAC) is a group of individuals interested in developing progressive living arrangements. Typically we meet weekly at the Jazz Gallery, 926 E Center Street as a planning group and share social time monthly with potluck gatherings.

We currently are working to develop 3 to 4 cohousing communities, two rural based and two in urban settings. There are no outside investors or profit-seeking entities in a cohousing community. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more and help develop the cohousing community that best suits you.

Please Note: If you interested in joining this MeetUp group, be aware that is an outreach effort to solicit individuals and families to become actively involved in our Cohousing Community as a Member or Friend of MAC. If you have not attended one of our events over a 60 day period, you may be dropped from the list of MeetUp notifications once our capacity has been reached.

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Outpost Natural Foods — Milwaukee


Outpost Natural Foods — Bay View


Outpost Natural Foods — Mequon


Outpost Natural Foods — Bay View

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