Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Aging in Place: A New Plan for the Suburbs?

Should We Re-Develop Condos to Become More Senior Friendly?

Can we save older common interest developments? Does their eventual obsolescence give us an opportunity to turn them into something else? Perhaps a new form of housing that will be absolutely necessary in the years to come? These questions and many like them have been asked on these pages for years. We have predicted the end of common interest developments as we know them.[1] We have outlined the reasons why this form of housing most likely has a finite life.[2] New Towns and other urban-style developments as successors to existing, low density, car-dependant projects on the outskirts of cities[3] Discussions about the end of the move to suburbia. [4]But now comes another idea, something so fresh, yet so immediately understandable, that it makes you wonder why it hasn’t surfaced before.

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[1] Berding, “The Uncertain Future of Common Interest Developments” 1999, 2005
[2] Berding, “ When Condominiums become Obsolete” 2008
[3] Berding, “New Towns” 2008
[4] Berding, “Back to Our Housing Future” 2008