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In our small Garden Atrium sustainable living development, residents express considerable satisfaction with a sense of what they call, “Being in community.”  We have no special social programs, or requirements for residents to eat together, etc.  When asked what they meant by their “being in community” comment, they said (paraphrasing) …


“I know everyone who lives here.

And I believe that if I needed help,

I could go to any one of them and get it.

And I’d certainly help them, if they needed it.”


While that wasn’t one of my initially defined “sustainability” criteria, it was satisfying to hear.  It reflects quality-of-life feelings.  Here’s an interesting study that connects those feeling to physical health.… Keep reading