As housing costs increase and well-paying jobs are harder to find, Generation Y is reaching back into its collective conscious and living like many of their parents once did. Baby Boomers made communes famous. Now their grown children would rather live with each other than move back into their parents basements, or worse, the living rooms of their new condos. Many members of Gen Y loved living on campus. Now they can recreate the drama and the fun-without the restrictions.
One major change Generation Y has made from their parents’ living arrangements is to not make them communes or collective in the way their parents did. Sure they split their cable bills—part of the reason they’re living together is so they can afford all the technology their generation craves. No one is going without wireless cable internet. They may compost, but indoor plumbing is not up for discussion, either. Those with an entrepreneurial spirit have even bought the homes for their friends to rent because this generation saw all the trouble their parents went through to pry themselves loose from truly collective living.