Can classical liberals use the co-housing and intentional communities models to escape the clutches of big government? There are currently 165 cohousing communities nationwide, with another 140 in the planning stages, according to the Cohousing Association of the United States.
Most of these so-called intentional communities are multigenerational, while a growing number are either predominantly or exclusively occupied by senior residents.
People own their own homes and can sell them on the open market. Residents pay into a fund to maintain facilities and collectively agree on how they should be used.
Some are rural. Others are suburban, and even urban. Intentional communities have been fighting zoning and property tax schemes for years, and have developed some tools.