N Street Cohousing is one of my favorite examples of intentional neighborhood. It was started over 20 years ago with two friends that bought houses next to each other. Today, N Street has evolved into what is probably the best model for retrofit cohousing community in the US – members own all but one house on an entire block in Davis California.
What I love about N Street is the simplicity and how reachable it is by anyone interested in a more intentional way of living together. Adding one house at a time, taking down fences, integrating the landscape, and incorporating common areas that foster relationships was done organically over time. They also have a diverse ownership structure that allows for innovative purchasing and renting.
The best part about N Street, and the “heart” of the vision of intentional neighborhood, came to me this morning in news of their Thanksgiving celebration this year. It is the story of real life – the joy, and pain, and hope. It is the bottom line of what motivates me and the work I do. It is about the neighborhood that I want to live in and the world I hope our children and their children can continue building.