An excellent reader comment…
Relating to this post
March 3rd, 2010
The concept of “intergenerational housing” is very intriguing to me. I feel like, although the article may not say so, there is a difference between housing being “intergenerational” and housing being “multi-generational”. Multi-generational housing simply could be people of different generations living together, inter-generational housing implies that the housing members are working together and living in some sort of symbiotic relationship.
Look at health and aging practices. A multi-disciplinary team is simply different professionals who share the same patient or client. On the other hand, a inter-disciplinary team is one whom are working together on a client. For example, the drugs a pharmacist assigns work with the nutrition plan that the nutritionist develops. All members of the team meet and work together in one unit instead of separate parts.
This brings me back to housing. It easy to say that because Obama’s mother in law lives with him, that the housing is intergenerational. But if Michelle’s mom doesn’t have a good, working, relationship with the family, it shouldnt be called that. Its also interesting to see its impact on the housing market due to the fact that homes with more rooms are now more important now that the younger generation have assumed the role of care-taker.
The article linked is an interesting read though, its not often I think about the housing market in Southern Californa