7 ways to plan Cities for Modern Lifestyles

According to house share website flatmates, there has been a 20 per cent rise in midlife (age 40 plus) house sharing in the last year alone.

According to recent reports, the number of people looking for rooms exceeded those available by 30 per cent. The reasons are believed to include unaffordable housing costs, the cost of living, redundancy, under-employment, divorce, depression and debt.

Our cities are changing. They’re becoming more expensive. Households are changing with more and more blended families and many adults are becoming under-employed or unemployed.

So, how do we plan cities for these new modern lifestyles?

Here are my seven tips:

  1. Let’s acknowledge that modern lifestyles are different to the ‘norm’

More and more men and women in their 40s and 50s are moving into shared houses; a bedroom of their own and a communal kitchen, bathroom and living space. Most people are in this situation through necessity, not by choice. An acquaintance of mine’s husband wanted a divorce. They sold the large suburban family home, paid off the mortgage and cleared their substantial debts. She didn’t have enough money or a large enough income to rent a house or apartment herself. For some, the suburban home is no longer the norm.

2. Let’s listen rather being led by assumptions

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