Vicky Rhineer wrote the following in response to Brandon Weber’s 9/26/2015 post on ‘Beautiful words. from author Arundhati Roy’. “I already stopped buying as I had in the past. Due to my slave wages not increasing in 5 years. The most basics are all that I buy, while my car and house slowly fall apart. I am not alone being able to rebound from the trickle down philosophy.”
This is an idea that I’ve had forming in my brain that focuses on people with houses and cars that because of the recession are being severely pinched: Form a mini commune where your house can be shared by another person, or family depending on size of both house & combined families. In turn these mini communes could form their own agencies or community structures not based on proximity but on ideologies.
A lot of present day renting families would love to have access to backyards, gardens, suburban schools, etc., over their present rent conditions. Many can’t save enough to rent/own a house even on the outskirts of their cities. By sharing a house or even the use of a vehicle then both parties get something more than they had originally: the original strapped homeowner is receiving ‘a nominal rent’ which should defray costs of repairs, plus communal use of vehicles can expand on the usability of idle vehicles and make their usage and repair more sustainable. The ‘renters’ get to live in a more suburban or even within areas of a city that they didn’t have access to, bus and train routes are expanding to offer more mobility so that jobs can still be accessed easily from suburban areas. People need to learn to get along to survive together.
Sometimes we forget that a team is mightier than a greedy monolith that can’t get out of its own way. And yeah, I realize that zoning could demolish my plan but legal renters agreements might be a get-around to prohibitive zoning rules. Maybe pro bono lawyers could help draft living agreements to challenge zoning boards. More minds thinking about this could make it happen all across communities in America — a couple seeds can grow a vine.