“What kind of life do you want to live?”

If price were not an issue, most Bostonians know where they would want to live. Boston and its neighboring towns are full of unique and vibrant communities, all of which benefit from accessible public transportation and great places for residents and visitors alike to enjoy themselves. The more important question, though, is how a person wishes to live, and this inquiry implicates a number of lifestyle choices.

Looking holistically at how you live may be helpful in determining the sort of environment in which you might find yourself happiest. Do you want to be close to a grocery store? What about restaurants, bars, or a gym? Is quick access to the T an important consideration? More than mere geographic orientation and architectural modernity come into play here—it’s about community vibe, opportunities for civic engagement, safety considerations, and much more.

Companies like Zipcar and Hubway, which provide car and bike sharing services, respectively, have helped to improve the quality of life in Boston by significantly reducing barriers to the use of traditionally private forms of transportation. Both have been very well received and continue to expand their presence to meet local demand. The collaborative lifestyle that companies like Zipcar and Hubway enable can be further facilitated by new residential developments that create a sense of community among neighbors, increasing the opportunities to share and live more efficiently.

The concept: 250 – 300 square feet of private living space per unit, with 5,000 square feet of common space accessible to all. It would be the best of dorm life (in a personal space Continue reading

“What’s your dream car?”

This common question is the embodiment of the American Dream – that every American should buy a luxury car to drive to their large house in the suburbs, where one can live independently without compromise.

That is not my American Dream.

My dream is not to own a car. I have realized, thanks to Zipcar, that it’s the experience that a car facilitates that I desire, not owning the car itself.

As for dreaming, I may dream to have the experience of driving a world-class sports car, top down, wind blowing in my face, racing the sunset on an open desert road, but I don’t dream to own that sports car.

I am not alone. On March 25th, The Atlantic explained why Millennials don’t buy cars in an article that garnered a lot of attention on Reddit from others like myself that desire the urban, car-free lifestyle.

What do I dream of?

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Who are we?

A team of industrious young professionals passionate about sustainability and facilitating greener lifestyles in Boston.

How will we promote and enable more sustainable lifestyles?

  1. Create a series of short films that feature different forms of collaborative consumption in Boston.
  2. Design residential real estate that facilitates sharing and a greater sense of community.
  3. Promote research to understand the effects of bike and car sharing on the city Boston.