Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone
I recently listened to the audiobook “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone” by Eric Klinenberg. I did this while working at a temporary job scanning in documents for a Geotech firm over the summer and had the ability to go through my 11 page Wish List I have on San Antonio Public Library’s website. For anyone who doesn’t know you can go through the thousands of eBooks and audiobooks in the database, add them to your Wish List and then download them to your iPhone or computer at your leisure. I listened to 6 that week. One is the above mentioned… back to the point.
It brought up a lot of interesting points about how there are so many people who live alone. I personally know quite a few who do. When you think about the suburbs and the sprawl that’s happening all over America you know that those developments are for families. So where are these single people living? In 3 bedroom houses in the suburbs, in apartments in the suburbs, in apartments in the city, if they’re making good money maybe they own a place in the city. Single people, according to this book, mostly have a better social life than married folks, says Klinenberg. I can hear married people saying, “Oh good… now I don’t have to go out anymore. I’ve found someone.” Lots of people like to be lazy in their own homes. I guess it’s easier when there’s someone else in the house with you.
This isn’t my point though… I’m wondering if there will ever be developments for singles. Will there be duplexes or quadplexes mixed in with future subdivisions in the future? Will there be subdivisions with 2 bedroom houses… I’d personally love it if the 2 bedroom house came back in style. If smaller homes were available, and not with the tiny yard of the “Garden home”, would more empty nesters move out and leave their 4 bedroom homes for the next generation because they could stay in their neighborhood? Is anyone in America interested in that?