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From suburbs to coops



Currently, normal means get married and have kids, live in a house in a suburb, drive to work, mow the lawn.

Let's have fewer kids and more cooperative housing for single people, couples and families, which take up less space per person and can give more space and creativity for land planning and less lawn. 

Let's have work life campuses like college campuses where you can bike to your daytime activity, or else more telecommutes.

Let's return to farming your own food and living with less stuff and products and living quieter, more peaceful, less stressful lives of thought instead of money making.

Handmade crafts, art, homemade housebuilding and cooking at home.

Free community gardens run by the government and paid for with taxes means healthier food, less dependency on the money system.

Maybe even make the coops free to live in.

Add free community forage gardens to reduce transportation and increase healthy food consumption and reduce dependency on money.

Is this proposal for a practice or a project?


What actions do you propose?

Petitions or access to government to design free coops for people with free farm food if they qualify.  Qualification could be like any government program, based on need or merit.

This experimental housing can be privatized if really necessary, expanded from small program to larger.

House building and organic gardening taught to the participants.  Possibly televise the first participants.  Like college coops only larger.

Who will take these actions?

Government, trade schools, citizens.

Where will these actions be taken?

Worldwide, starting with the usa.

In addition, specify the country or countries where these actions will be taken.

United States

Country 2

United Kingdom

Country 3


Country 4


Country 5

No country selected


What impact will these actions have on greenhouse gas emissions and/or adapting to climate change?

Potential to return to near zero impact life.  Reduce commuting, increase land for reforestation, reduce commerce and commercial transportation.

What are other key benefits?

Mental health


What are the proposal’s projected costs?

Government cost.  Requires citizen consent and desire and acceptance for buy in.


Start asap and turn coops into majority.

About the author(s)

Bonita Song, philosopher and engineer

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I lived on a coop in Berkeley when I was traveling and it was idyllic.  I loved visiting people in other countries who grew their own food.